Category Archives: Self-organized systems

Dancing with Systems

People who are raised in the industrial world and who get enthused about systems thinking are likely to make a terrible mistake. They are likely to assume that here, in systems analysis, in interconnection and complication, in the power of … Continue reading

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Stigmergy as a Universal Coordination Mechanism

The concept of stigmergy has been used to analyze self-organizing activities in an ever-widening range of domains, including social insects, robotics, web communities and human society. Yet, it is still poorly understood and as such its full power remains underappreciated. … Continue reading

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Controllability of Complex Networks

The ultimate proof of our understanding of natural or technological systems is reflected in our ability to control them. Although control theory offers mathematical tools for steering engineered and natural systems towards a desired state, a framework to control complex … Continue reading

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A General Methodology for Designing Self-Organizing Systems

Our technologies complexify our environments. Thus, new technologies need to deal with more and more complexity. Several efforts have been made to deal with this complexity using the concept of self-organization. However, in order to promote its use and understanding, … Continue reading

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Guided Self-organization in Complex Systems

What makes complex systems so difficult to control is that they have a natural tendency to self-organize, driven by the inherent forces between the system components. Self-organization may have favorable results or undesirable ones, depending on the kinds of interactions … Continue reading

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The Self-Organizing Society – Taking the Future in Our Hands

I conclude that Big Data, while potentially powerful and useful, is not a universal solution. I also explain why the concept of super-governments ruling their citizens or of companies steering their customers in a top-down way will not work on … Continue reading

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Cultural Psychology: from Atomistic to Self-organizing Living Systems

An epistemological foundation for cultural psychology is essential to neuro- and behavioural sciences for the challenge psychological sciences must currently face: searching for an explanation of how a brain can become a mind and how individuals assign a sense to … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Self-Organization of Ants

Scientists have been studying the social behavior of ants and other insects for decades, searching for chemical cues and other signals that the insects use to coordinate behavior. Much of this work has focused on understanding how ants decide where … Continue reading

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L’ordine invisibile: Organizzazione, autonomia e complessità del vivente

Che cos’è il vivente e cosa lo differenzia da un sistema fisico o da un artefatto? Ripartire dalla domanda fondamentale della biologia, troppo spesso ignorata, significa ripensarne i fondamenti teorici ed epistemologici. Significa affrontare i grandi temi del confine tra … Continue reading

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Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Emergence is what happens when an interconnected system of relatively simple elements self-organizes to form more intelligent, more adaptive higher-level behavior. It’s a bottom-up model rather than being engineered by a general or a master planner, emergence begins at the … Continue reading

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