Computing like ants

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Complex Event Processing, cybernetics

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Danna Voth, “Holonics in Manufacturing: Bringing Intelligence Closer to the Machine,” IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 19, no. 6, 2004, pp. 4-6.

“Arthur Koestler proposed the concept of the “holon” in his 1968 book The Ghost in the Machine.
A holon is a self-organizing unit that can communicate with other
holons and make decisions autonomously. A holon both comprises
subordinate parts and constitutes part of a larger system. Some
scientists refer to a holon as an agent, but most scientists think of
holons as part of a system. Scientists interested in the holon’s
autonomous, cooperative, and self-configuring characteristics are
researching ways to create distributed systems that can change
manufacturing processes on the fly, manage systems robustly, and handle
unpredictable processing requests and inputs.”

Kenwood Hall, vice president of architecture and systems technology
at Rockwell Automation’s Mayfield Heights, Ohio, lab, compares the
holonic system to an ant colony: “If you look at an ant colony, you
can’t see anybody who’s in charge, but they all seem to know what to
do. And if you stomp on an ant colony, they recover pretty quickly and
everything continues to kind of work.”


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