Stigmergy is a mechanism of indirect coordination between agents or actions. The principle is that the trace left in the environment by an action stimulates the performance of a next action, by the same or a different agent. In that way, subsequent actions tend to reinforce and build on each other, leading to the spontaneous emergence of coherent, apparently systematic activity. Stigmergy is a form of self-organization. It produces complex, seemingly intelligent structures, without need for any planning, control, or even direct communication between the agents. – Wikipedia
- A history of Stigmergy 29.pdf (774.1 KB)
- Stigmergic Collaboration: the Evolution of Group Work
- Heather Marsh on Stigmergy, read especially the Stigmergy article which is most relevant to our context.