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Understanding Cryptocurrencies with Stigmergy

This from Alexander Blum writing in the HuffPost. We already have markets, the republic of science (Polanyi), urban design (Jacobs) and much more besides, spontaneous orders that embody these worthy stygmergic [sic] virtues (quote below). Writing a decade or so ago, the downside then expressed was that there runs the risk of ‘‘a kind of…

Distributed Cognition and the Archaeology of Memory

The latest from the culture and cognition reading group at Macquarie University. Worth checking out one of the articles already cited along with one that wasn’t. Bill WimsattBryce HuebnerCognitive Archaeologycolin AllenCollective memorydistributed cognitionEmergenceEnskillmentjohn suttonLambros MalafourisMemorymethodologyMichael AndersonRadical EnactivismRichard HeersminkRob Rupert

Stigmergic epistemology, stigmergic cognition

Cognitive Systems Research Volume 9, Issues 1–2, March 2008, Pages 136-149. As improbable as this might sound there is a bit of Hayek, Oakeshott and Marx in here. complexitydispersed knowledgedistributed cognitionParticle Swarmstigmergic cognitionstigmergic epistemologyStigmergy

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.…