Anthropological Swarm Intelligence


Anthropological Swarm Intelligence

Site dedicated to the study of the applications of the approach of Swarm Intelligence within the scope of the Anthropology.

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Swarming and the Carnivalesque in the Direct Action Alter-globalization Movement 2 Replies

My current research interest - as an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon - is in developing an "Ethnohistory of the Direct Action Environmental and Anarchist Movements in Eugene,…Continue

Tags: globalization, carnival, conflict, activism, swarming

Started by Leif Brecke. Last reply by Leif Brecke Feb 1, 2011.

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Comment by Sanjay Bajpai on January 11, 2011 at 8:57pm

Exmple of The ant colony algorithm in SI reminded me of Douglas Hofstadter and his "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid " in which he explores how mind emerges out of formal rules and self reference through the metaphor of ant colony.But I agree it is not SI.

Comment by Francisco on January 27, 2010 at 12:20pm
I think that Swarm Intelligence is like Bakhtin's Dialogic Mind about the thinking fact. The intelligence arising in social contexts. I argue here against the view of the individual as an isolated information-processing entity.
The early AI researchers had made an assumption. They assumed that cognition is something inside an individual's head. Indeed, this is the way we experience our own thinking, as if we hear private voices ans see private visions. But this experience can lead us to overlook what should be our most noticeable quality as a species: our tendency to associate with one another, to socialize.
In this regard it will be made clear that I do not mean the kinds of interaction typically seen in multiagent systems, where autonomous subroutines perform specialized functions. Agent soubroutines may pass information back and forth, but subroutines are not changed as a result of the interaction, as people are. In real social interaction, information is exchanged, but also something else, perhaps more important: individuals exchange rules, tips, and beliefs about how to process the information. Thus a social interaction typically results in a change in the thinking processes (not just the contents) of the participants.
Comment by Keith Hart on December 23, 2009 at 10:12pm
I'm up for this. In principle there may be something in SI for the OAC. I know nothing other than the Wikipedia article. Do you know of any applications to human populations other than in fiction? Do you intend to reveal your own interest in this topic and possible readings?
Comment by Francisco on December 23, 2009 at 1:02pm

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