Accession Number:

ADA440006

Title:

Expert Assessment of Human-Human Stigmergy

Descriptive Note:

Contract rept.

Corporate Author:

ALTARUM INST ANN ARBOR MI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

Human-Human Stigmergy is pervasive. A wide range of pre-computer social systems fit the pattern of stigmergic coordination, and have provided a rich set of metaphors on which a diverse set of computer-enabled systems for enabling human stigmergy have been constructed. It would be more difficult to show a functioning human institution that is not stigmergic, than it is to find examples of human stigmergy. The reason that human-human stigmergy is so common can be understood from the growing body of experience in constructing large-scale distributed computing systems with resource-constrained elements. It has become clear that central control of such systems is not feasible, since resource-constrained components cannot cope with the large-scale, distributed aspects of such systems. The central insight of stigmergy is that coordination can be achieved by resource-constrained agents interacting locally in an environment. Two fundamental principles govern the success of this strategy 1. No matter how large the environment grows, because agents interact only locally, their limited processing capabilities are not overwhelmed 2. Through the dynamics of self-organization, local interactions can yield a coherent system-level outcome that provides the required control.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Bionics
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE