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  • 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