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Applied Stigmergy: Swarms of Autonomous Aerial Vehicles

Two reports on aerial applied stigmergy which prima facie seems more successful than most of the land-based modeling initiatives I’ve seen. (Report 1) (Report 2). (1) [t]he first actual experimentation of flying two autonomous swarms of UAVs against one another with no human control, other than sending high level commands or sending a message to engage.…

Tool selection during foraging in two species of funnel ants

This paper is to be found in Animal Behaviour, Volume 123, January 2017, pp. 207–216. Could this be an extension of the mechanism of stigmergy? (H/T to Jerry Coyne). We investigated tool selection in two species of Aphaenogaster ants by giving them the choice between different kinds of potential tools (natural and artificial objects). Ant workers showed a…

Complexity + Stupidity

Sam Harris chats with David Krakauer head of the complexity mecca — Santa Fe Institute. SFI offers some free programmes of real substance and difficulty well worth signing up for in an attempt to offset the illiteracy of philosophers on unavoidable matters of complexity. complexitycomputational intelligencecomputational modelingDavid KrakauerethicsneurosciencePhilosophyPhilosophy of mindPhysicssam harrissanta fe institutescience

Economics in the Era of Natural Computationalism and Big Data

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of John von Neumann’s the “Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata”. Here is the C+T panel and some background to Neumann: Unleashing the Power ‘Turing’s Cathedral. And Von Neumann gave me an interesting idea: that you don’t have to be responsible for the world that you’re in. So I have developed a very powerful sense of social irresponsibility as…

Economics in the Era of Natural Computationalism and Big Data

Duke Forest conference detailed programme now available. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of John von Neumann’s “Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata”. The C+T sponsored panel below: big databruce caldwellcomplexitycomputational economicscomputational intelligencecosmos & taxisEconomicsFrancesco Di IorioFriedrich HayekJohn von Neumannmarek hudikroger frantzSelf-organizationSelf-Reproducing Automata