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Modelling stigmergy: Evolutionary framework for system Design

Sharma, Shanu (2019) Modelling stigmergy: Evolutionary framework for system Design. In: Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD8) 2019 Symposium, Oct 13-15 2019, Chicago, USA.


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Stigmergy is an evolutionary phenomenon of self-organised collective problem-solving mechanism in nature among simple agents (ants, termites, fireflies and so on). Stigmergy is a simple, robust and self- regulatory framework of modelling emergent global order by localised actions of distributed agents without any central planning, control and direct communication. The phenomenon of stigmergy is also prevalent in numerous bottoms up “computational or non-computational” coordination among human agents with complex cognitive capabilities. Heylighen envisioned the great potential of stigmergy in the emergence of the global brain (i.e. coordinated actions and the collective intelligence of ‘human mind and the artefact’) capable of resolving some of the complex problems that we are witnessing today such as pollution, water scarcity, climate change and so on. However, stigmergy among human agents is still underdeveloped and demands further attention to investigate the potential in harnessing the collective intelligence of human agents in complex problem-solving. To study the phenomenon of stigmergy among human agents, we have designed the game as a research tool for studying holistic aspects of self- organised complex problem-solving. In this paper, we aim to present the potential of stigmergy as a system design framework for modelling self-organised complex problem solving by harnessing the collective intelligence of distributed human agents.

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Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 16:05
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3232

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