Self-Organization Based on Coordinated Actions of Autonomous Agents

Satoshi Kurihara and Michio Okada

This paper shows a study on a mechanism for self-organization. A global order is organized by simple and locally coordiztnted actions of autonomous agents using only very local information, and not by their complex and globally coordinated actions which would use global message passing and high level strategies. The fundamental factors for establishing the global order by self-organization are dissipative structure and "autocatalytic mechanisms. If an environment where agents exist has dissipative structure and those agents have some sort of autocatalytic mechanisms within themselves, it is possible to form a global order of agents by their simple and locally coordinated actions.

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