A biological View on Information Ecosystems

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Bengt Carlsson, Paul Davidsson
Title: A biological View on Information Ecosystems
Conference name: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, World Scientific
Year: 2001
Publisher: World Scientific
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Department of Software Engineering and Computer Science (Institutionen för programvaruteknik och datavetenskap)
Dept. of Software Engineering and Computer Science S-372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
Authors e-mail: bengt.carlsson@bth.se, paul.davidsson@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: When comparing information ecosystems to biological ecosystems, it becomes clear that both types of systems seem to support robust solutions that are hard to violate for a single agent. In the analysis of information ecosystems, it is important to take into consideration that agents may have a Machiavellian intelligence, i.e., that they take the self-interest of other agents into consideration. We conclude that in the interaction between antagonistic agents within information systems, arms race is a major force. A positive result of this is a better readiness for innocent agents against the vigilant agents. Some examples are given to show how the modelling of information ecosystems in this way can explain the origin of more robust systems when antagonistic agents are around.
Subject: Computer Science\General
Keywords: Information ecosystems, Natural selection, Arms race