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What termites and cells have in common

Here’s a press release for an open access technical paper. This shows that morphing of cells is not solely guided by an unidirectional information flow from extracellular cues, but is also determined by the morphology of the cell itself as shaped by prior events. Pierre-Paul GrasséSelf-organizationStigmergy

A rhythm generator based on stigmergy

Interesting to see the theoretical inroads stigmergy is now making into the field of music. [t]he idea for this research is to create a new rhythmic generator technology. This system will be capable of generating multiple lines of percussion that sound natural. The synchronization will be self-organising and thus will be governed by a Stigmergic…

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

Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016

Available for free download here. The special theme of the conference: How can the synthetic study of living systems contribute to societies: scientifically, technically, and culturally? The goal of the conference theme is to better understand societies with the purpose of using this understanding for a more efficient management and development of social systems. AutopoiesisCarlos GershensonCollective…