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Infrastructure Sustainability and Design by Daniel Schodek, Stephen J. Ramos, Andreas Georgoulias, Spiro N. Pollalis

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Intelligent Infrastructures

Dimitris Papanikolaou1

MIT

IT HAS BEEN a common misbelief that intelligence and coordinated behavior is the result of a single mind’s activity. In his seminal work The Society of Mind Marvin Minsky described a new model to explain intelligence consisting of a distributed social network of connected agents, the behavior of whom is driven by their personal goals, beliefs, and constraints as a response to external stimuli. Minsky argued that intelligence is thus not a single-mind phenomenon, but instead the product of properly wired collective behavior. Today, current research on distributed sensor networks uses market mechanisms and basic micro-economic behavior as the means to create emergent patterns of collective ...

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