Recently, computer scientists have begun to build computational ecosystems in which multiple autonomous agents interact locally to achieve globally efficient organised behaviour. Here we present a thermodynamic interpretation of these systems. We highlight the difference between the regular use of terms such as energy and work, and their use within a thermodynamic framework. We explore the way in which this perspective might influence the design and management of such systems.
|Title of host publication||Artificial Life XI: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems|
|Editors||S. Bullock, J. Noble, R. Watson, Mark A. Bedau|
|Publisher||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|