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Imitation and Novelty in Product Development

Here’s an extract from the third article by Ted Lewis and Richard Bergin from this special Human-Human Stigmergy issue. A human stigmergy framework for product development Many investigators over the past century have attempted to quantify human innovation as a property of social organizations such as corporations as well as individual entrepreneurs. Andergassen et al. argue that innovation appears…

CFP: Economics in the Era of Natural Computationalism and Big Data

There will be a Cosmos + Taxis sponsored panel so please submit your proposals to C+T’s editor David Emanuel Andersson. agent-based simulationArtificial intelligenceBehavioral economicscomplexitycomputational economicscomputational intelligencecosmos & taxisdata scienceeconometricsEconomicsexperimental economicsFriedrich Hayekhistory of economicsneuroeconomicson- line gaming experimentspolitical economySelf-organization

Army ants ‘mind the gap’ efficiently

BBC popular write up of Simon Garnier’s co-authored Army ants dynamically adjust living bridges in response to a cost–benefit trade-off. antscollective behaviorcomplexitydistributed cognitionoptimizationroboticsself-assemblySelf-organizationSimon GarnierSpontaneous orderStigmergySwarm intelligence

Human-Human Stigmergy

Coming soon in Cognitive Systems Research 1. Francis Heylighen Stigmergy as a Universal Coordination Mechanism I: Definition and Components 2. Francesco Bolici, James Howison and Kevin Crowston Stigmergic Coordination in FLOSS Development Teams: Integrating Explicit and Implicit Mechanisms 3. Ted G. Lewis and Richard Begin Imitation and Novelty in Product Development 4. Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez Stigmergy at the…

Cognitive Autonomy and Methodological Individualism

Forthcoming from my chum and endorsed by none other than Barry Smith. Adam SmithAustrian SchoolCognitionCognitive sciencecomplexitydistributed cognitionenactivismFrancesco Di IorioHayekHermeneuticsholismmethodological individualismphenomenologyphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindphilosophy of social scienceSelf-organizationsituated cognitionsocial epistemologysocial ontologySocial SciencesSociologySpontaneous orderthe sensory order

Can Government Be Self-Organized?

A new co-authored paper by the very versatile Tom Froese. The model is in agreement with the traditional assumption that collective action is faced by serious problems without centralized hierarchical control, but it also clearly shows that spontaneous cooperation is feasible without it. At least in principle, there is no necessity to assume the existence…

General theory of stigmergy: Modelling stigma semantics

New “review” paper in CSR. Artificial intelligenceComplex adaptive systemcomplexitycomputational intelligencedistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEmbodied cognitionEmergenceExtended MindExternalismmulti-agent modelingrationalismSelf-organizationsituated cognitionsocial epistemologySpontaneous orderstigmergic epistemologyStigmergySwarm behaviorSwarm intelligence

Getting to the Hayekian Network

Extracts from Troy’s paper: In many ways this paper is necessarily an introduction. I want to introduce away to understand F. A. Hayek’s ideas on both spontaneous orders and the brain by understanding network structures. More, I want to distinguish between networks that emerge top-down in organizations and cellular regulatory networks and those that emerge…