Emergent Phenomena: From Natural Phenomena to Artificial Intelligence

By Emily Schleiner.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Published online: May 22, 2014 $US5.00

Abstract: This paper tours through computing behavior and that of various life forms using emergent phenomena as a point of commonality. Emergence begins from the ground up, with uncomplicated sets of rules that, over time, lead to complex patterning in examples such as the formation of snowflakes and the movements of flocks of birds. Beginning with inorganic emergent phenomena, and computerized neural networks, the reader will see what artificial intelligence and human intelligence have in common. In the grander scheme of things, however, the combination of: ease of manipulation, randomness, simple rule-following, and sociability can be seen as a recipe for emergence in our Web 2.0 era. This technologically networked paradigm shift is happening just as breakthroughs in science unveil emergent phenomena on minute levels. Using behaviorally framed descriptions, the similarities between life forms and highly complex computing machines will become apparent. Ultimately, these complex manifestations of emergent phenomena lead to questions on the nature of intelligence.

Keywords: Flocks, Web 2.0, Emergence, Collaboration, Networks, Randomness, Configuration, Artificial Intelligence, Simplicity, Complexity

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.201-206. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 22, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 333.148KB)).

Emily Schleiner

Independent Researcher, Davis, CA, USA

Emily Schleiner is a Brooklyn NY and Davis CA-based new media artist and thinker. She has shown internationally, has been published in the Trondheim's TEKS's "Making Reality Real" Journal and has presented at the 2nd Inter-Disciplinary.net Global Conference in Budapest. She received her master's from Performance and Interactive Media Arts Department at Brooklyn College, NY in 2010. More about Emily at: http://cordial-emily.com/

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