Computational Perspectives IV

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Conclusion

This topic's agents process numerical data in the form of orders to produce varying amounts of output. Each of them bears a close resemblance to homo computicus, a being that follows internal procedures to act on received information.

Furthermore, we saw how the collective efficiency of such agents could be increased by providing them with the right information. That information could be viewed as factual ("consumer demand right now is 6 items") or procedural ("Look to the Consumer instead of the agent to your right for your order amount"). Under either interpretation, though, its effect was to increase productivity by stabilizing the system and reducing the number of bad hand-offs.

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