The social mind
The aspect of distributed intelligence that this chapter addresses has to do with the performance of a group of agents engaging in co-operative tasks to determine the overall performance that results from interactions among the agents of a given system. This chapter presents how the performance characteristics of interacting processes engaging in co-operative problem-solving can undergo a highly non-linear increase in performance due to the interactions between the agents. Also, the notion of a social mind in this chapter shows that when large collections of agents capable of symbolic-processing interact with each other, new universal regularities in their overall behaviour appear. Moreover, these regularities are quantifiable and can be experimentally tested through the use of a new computational paradigm with some characteristics of social and biological organization.
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