Thursday, March 13, 2008

Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams

1) Positive Feedback isn't always bad,
2) Randomness can help create order,
3) A Flock isn't a big bird,
4) A traffic Jam isn't just a collection of cars,
5) The Hills are Alive.

paraphrases -- the virtuous cycle is responsible for emergent order -- randomness is what you NEED to create order -- planning is impossible for the units involved in creating the order -- they are incapable of planning. -- levels of interaction -- the cars can be moving forward while the jam is moving backward. the environment itself interacts with the items.