Wikipedia as a Multi Agent System
Here is an interesting article which uses Wikipedia as an example of a collaborative multi-agent system (MAS) involving both human and non-human agents. The same approach could be used to map any collaborative system.
The author identifies seven dimensions of a MAS and illustrates each dimension using Wikipedia:
- Control Flow
- Data Flow
- Message Content
- Message Timing
- Culture and Resources
To read the article click here
One slightly ironic point to note is that wikipedia itself flags this article with a health warning because they believe it may violate their “no-original research” rule!
For more on Agents see Virtual team member autonomy: learn from software agents
Bioteams Books Reviews
If you think that there is not much human teams can learn from nature think again! Temple Grandin in her amazing book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior (p303-307) puts forward the incredible theory that early humans only became today’s successful homo sapiens because they learned to act and think like the wolves they co-habited with.