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Principles for Engineered Emergence

Jacob Beal

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It is difficult to establish engineering control over the behavior
of aggregates of unreliable devices with complicated interaction
patterns. I take a linguistic view of this problem, searching for
mechanisms that simplify the composition and abstraction of
complicated behaviors. From my work on various problems of
aggregate control in cognitive architectures and spatial computing,
I have noticed common themes in mechanisms that solve them. From
these, I extract four principles which seem to help in engineering
robust aggregate behavior---self-scaling, sparseness, gradual
degradation, and failure simplification---and give examples of how
they can be exploited.

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