My favourite from the recent work is Langton's Ant.
Really hard to beat for elegance and simplicity- It seems deterministic to
me but it is prima facie "emergent"- though not perhaps in the way we
per Bak had a very elegant random evolutionary "extinction" automaton (p.
4084 "Our model...") which maybe helpful.
Perhaps there's a composition of these two approaches waiting to get out...
On Wed, 27 Oct 2010 12:46:29 +0100, Alfredo Moscardini
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> I am very interested in this as one of my PhD students is looking at the
> topic of Emergence and how nature organises it self bottom - up
> What you need are agents with simple rules but lots of them
> communicating.( eg
> ants, bees ) You then get self regulation. I think this is what Stafford
> Gordon were after ( before their time as usual)
> I just wondered if anyone had any good modern links to this type of work
> ---- Original Message -----
> From: BARRY A CLEMSON <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 6:01 pm
> Subject: Re: vision and its source
>> Stafford and Gordon did a variety of experiments with biological
>> chemical computers. At one point they used fireflies to regulate a
>> steel works. I remember Gordon saying that the major problem was
>> the fireflies did not live long enough and they couldn't get
>> On Oct 26, 2010, at 11:12 AM, Alfredo Moscardini wrote:
>> > I was reading the latest book about the British Cyberneticians
>> > there was an interesting paragraph where it said that Stafford
>> > experimenting with his fishpond as a means of control of a
>> > Gordon Pask was also experimenting with some mechanical devices.
>> > Does anyone have any further info on this?
>> > It says that Vanilla remembers him experimenting
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