June 03, 2014 at 11:09AM
"For this reason, autonomous coordination is sometimes called orchestration." (Stigmergic cooperation) #readingToday

What does it look like when a system returns to an autonomous model? The symphony orchestra is often used as a model for autonomous governance under constraints. The players in an orchestra work quite independently of their neighbours, playing music in front of them, and watching for guidance from the conductor. The conductor does not command every instrument, channelling messages to the players from his podium. This would be unworkable. Instead, he distributes the music for everyone to read (this is delicately known as stigmergic cooperation), and instead promises to provide a few coordinating signals so that everyone knows when to start and stop, and feedback about how the whole thing sounds. For this reason, autonomous coordination is sometimes called orchestration.

In Search of Certainty, Mark Burgess, 2013