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Emergence : the connected lives of ants, brains, cities, and software

Author: Steven Johnson
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Emergence is what happens when an interconnected system of relatively simple elements self-organizes to form more intelligent, more adaptive higher-level behavior. It's a bottom-up model rather than being engineered by a general or a master planner, emergence begins at the ground level. Systems that at first glance seem vastly different--ant colonies, human brains, cities, immune systems--all turn out to follow the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Johnson
ISBN: 068486875X 9780684868752 0684868768 9780684868769
OCLC Number: 46858386
Awards: Short-listed for Helen Bernstein Book Award 2002
Description: 288 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Here Comes Everybody! 11 --
1 The Myth of the Ant Queen 29 --
2 Street Level 73 --
3 The Pattern Match 101 --
4 Listening to Feedback 130 --
5 Control Artist 163 --
6 The Mind Readers 195 --
7 See What Happens 227.
Responsibility: Steven Johnson.
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Emergence is what happens when an interconnected system of relatively simple elements self-organizes to form more intelligent, more adaptive higher-level behavior. It's a bottom-up model rather than being engineered by a general or a master planner, emergence begins at the ground level. Systems that at first glance seem vastly different--ant colonies, human brains, cities, immune systems--all turn out to follow the rules of emergence. In each of these systems, agents residing on one scale start producing behavior that lies a scale above them: ants create colonies, urbanites create neighborhoods. Author Steven Johnson takes readers on an eye-opening intellectual journey from the discovery of emergence to its applications. He introduces us to our everyday surroundings, offering surprising examples of feedback, self-organization, and adaptive learning. Drawing upon evolutionary theory, urban studies, neuroscience, and computer games, Emergence is a guidebook to one of the key components of twenty-first-century culture. Until recently, Johnson explains, the disparate philosophers of emergence have worked to interpret the world. But today they are starting to change it. This book is the riveting story of that change and what it means for the future.

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