I appreciate your comment about leaving behaviour specifications more abstract but I would just add that the problems with definitions could also be solved by simply zeroing in on a given application and ensuring the behaviour definitions work for the specified application, without necessarily being the same definition for another, similar application.
Michal Bebjak December 30, 2016 - 6:50pm
I like your example of emergent behavior to build the brick wall but I cannot help but think that while it is an interesting example, it seems to be orchestrated to deliberately build a wall (by specifying a set of steps rather than building a goal-oriented hierarchy) and could thus fail to properly be defined as emergent behaviour. That said, it's not always clear what constitues it and what doesn't. I mean, after all, even the classic wall-following example could be said to be deliberate.
Michal Bebjak December 30, 2016 - 6:40pm
Daryl, I agree that it's a bit unfair to compete the Athabasca library with general internet, especially for academic research. Much of the searches I did that led to academic research in Google and whatnot were ultimately help behind a pay wall. With Athabasca U's journal licensing, we have access to the IEEE, ACM articles and so on whereas I found if I wasn't signed into the library and just searched for things of this technical nature on the 'Net I would ultimately get many of the same articles, with a paywall.
Brody Peddle September 25, 2016 - 7:21pm
Sometimes I wonder about Google...not so much who they are sharing their data with, but how easy it would be for them to filter search results. For example, in China, when you search for Tiananmen Square, the search results are filtered. When you search for June 4th, you get info on birthdays and anniversaries, with no mention of the government crackdown. This is China we are talking about, but Google is complicent.
Of course this wouldn't happen in North America, right?
Sarah Camsell September 23, 2016 - 4:10am
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