Self-Organising Multi-Agent Systems

Self-Organising Multi-Agent Systems

Algorithmic Foundations of Cyber-Anarcho-Socialism

Jeremy Pitt


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The paradigm of self-organisation is fundamental to theories of collective action in economic science and democratic governance in political science. Self-organisation in these social systems critically depends on voluntary compliance with conventional rules: that is, rules which are made up, mutually agreed, and modifiable 'on the fly'. How, then, can we use the self-organisation observed in such social systems as an inspiration for decentralised computer systems, which can face similar problems of coordination, cooperation and collaboration between autonomous peers?Self-Organising Multi-Agent Systems presents an innovative and systematic approach to transforming theories of economics and politics (and elements of philosophy, psychology, and jurisprudence) into an executable logical specification of conventional rules. It shows how sets of such rules, called institutions, provide an algorithmic basis for designing and implementing cyber-physical systems, enabling intelligent software processes (called agents) to manage themselves in the face of competition for scarce resources. It also provides a basis for implementing socio-technical systems with interacting human and computational intelligences in a way that is sustainable, fair and legitimate.This interdisciplinary book is essential reading for anyone interested in the 'planned emergence' of global properties, commonly-shared values or successful collective action, especially as a product of social construction, knowledge management and political arrangements. For those studying both computer science and social sciences, this book offers a radically new gateway to a transformative understanding of complex system development and social system modelling.Understanding how a computational representation of qualitative values like justice and democracy can lead to stability and legitimacy of socio-technical systems is among the most pressing software engineering challenges of modern times. This book can be read as an invitation to make the Digital Society better.Related Link(s)Contents:

  • Preface
  • About the Author
  • Foundations:
    • Multi-Agent Systems
    • Self-Organising Systems
  • Strategic Interaction:
    • Game Theory
    • Social Choice Theory
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Ostrom Institution Theory
  • Social Interaction:
    • Computational Justice
    • Artificial Social Construction
    • Knowledge Aggregation
    • Algorithmic Self-Governance
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Readership: Advanced Undergraduates, Master's Students and PhD Students in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence subjects. Supports an entire course on self-organising multi-agent systems.

Self-Organising Systems;Multi-Agent Systems;Collective Action;Common-Pool Resource Management;Intelligent Agents;Self-Awareness;Socio-Technical Systems;Cyber-Physical Systems;Autonomic Computing;Open Systems;Accountability;Axiology;Comparative Politics;Justice;Computational Justice;Distributive Justice;Retributive Justice;Procedural Justice;Interactional Justice;Cybernetics;Digital Society;Digital Transformation;Economy;Software;Engineering;Morphogenetic Engineering;Event Calculus;Access Control Protocol;Dispute Resolution Protocol;Voting Protocol;Trust;Forgiveness;Game Theory;Governance;Self-Governance;Industry 4.0;Electronic Institution;Institutional Analysis &;Development;Institutionalised Power;Self-Governing Institutions;Intentional Stance;Internet;Judgement Aggregation;Knowledge Management;Knowledge Aggregation;Knowledge Alignment;Common Knowledge;Knowledge Gap;Agent Communication Language;Majoritarian Tyranny;Mechanism Design;Ad Hoc Network;Norm ;Normative System;Norm-Governed System;Dynamic Norm-Governed System;Oligarchy;Opinion Formation;Elinor Ostrom;Paradox;Political Science;Prisoners Dilemma;Prolog;Qu-Prolog;Rapid prototyping;Reflection;Relevant Expertise Aggregation;Rights;Social Construction;Community Energy Systems;Arrow's Impossibility Theorem;Condorcet Jury Theorem;Tragedy of the Commons;Utility;Utilitarianism;Wicked Problems;Wisdom of the Crowds0Key Features:
  • There is no other book which so comprehensively tackles such a range of important engineering and social issues which are so pertinent to the study, design and implementation of socio-technical systems in the Digital Society
  • The approach is highly inter-disciplinary and far-reaching in scope. It contains knowledge and insight which is important for engineers to understand. It analyses deep theoretical issue but also demonstrates by code
  • Its treatment of such issues as Artificial Social Construction, Knowledge Management and Democracy by Design are both new and extremely topical
  • The book is impressive in its breadth, depth and ambition. Its added value comes from both deep insight into complex social issues but also their representation in algorithmic form
  • The author is a well-known scholar in the field