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21.6.06

Stigmergy

A word which is useful for understanding what happens on Wikipedia is stigmergy. It means communication which occurs in emergent systems in which the individual objects in the system manipulate the enviroment, and the manipulation leads to the emergence of complex structures like termite nests or ant trails or Wikipedia.

4 Comments:

Blogger Rambukk said...

Just as simple as that?

June 21, 2006 10:35 pm  
Blogger MGL said...

Yeah, dude. It's THAT simple.

June 21, 2006 10:49 pm  
Anonymous von stroheim's monocle said...

stigmergy? ... as opposed to the concept of "hive mind" that all the wikipediologues thought was so cool three seconds ago?

June 21, 2006 10:57 pm  
Blogger MGL said...

Whoa. I was just thinking that. Hive mind!

June 21, 2006 11:05 pm  

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