Traditional methods for creating intelligent computational systems have
privileged private "internal" cognitive and computational processes. In
contrast, Swarm Intelligence argues that human
intelligence derives from the interactions of individuals in a social world
and further, that this model of intelligence can be effectively applied to
artificially intelligent systems. The authors first present the foundations of
this new approach through an extensive review of the critical literature in
social psychology, cognitive science, and evolutionary computation. They
then show in detail how these theories and models apply to a new
computational intelligence methodology-particle swarms-which focuses
on adaptation as the key behavior of intelligent systems. Drilling down
still further, the authors describe the practical benefits of applying particle
swarm optimization to a range of engineering problems. Developed by
the authors, this algorithm is an extension of cellular automata and
provides a powerful optimization, learning, and problem solving method.
This important book presents valuable new insights by exploring the
boundaries shared by cognitive science, social psychology, artificial life,
artificial intelligence, and evolutionary computation and by applying these
insights to the solving of difficult engineering problems. Researchers and
graduate students in any of these disciplines will find the material
intriguing, provocative, and revealing as will the curious and savvy
As with the first part of the book, the presentation is clear, concise and informative.
Besides its excellent presentation and highly methodological structure, this book describes the anti-individualistic point of view of "intelligence".
The second section of the book is dedicated to explaining the concepts involved with the particle swarm and collective intelligence.
I have read the book at a stretch. In my view, the thesis (human is social) is a very simple, wit, and sound one. Read morePublished on August 17, 2006 by Miguel A. Mateo Garcia
Swarm intelligence is burdened with an awful lot of material that is not core to PSO. A great deal of the book consists of the philosophical ramblings of the authors, rather than... Read morePublished on September 13, 2004 by David Carswell
It's an immersive and powerful piece of scientific metrics and theoretical paradigm presentation. It shows that life can be a much deeper form of existence. Read morePublished on September 8, 2004 by Cedric Nocon
The authors of this book state therein that "mind is not found in covert, private chambers hidden away inside the individual, but exists out in the open; it is a public... Read morePublished on July 25, 2004 by Dr. Lee D. Carlson
This book is fantastic!
It consists of two parts. In the first part, the main ideas behind Evolutionary Computation and social behavior are tangibly described. Read more
I concur with the other postive reviews of this book as a very interesting application of multiple disciplines to the field of evolutionary computing and would also add that it... Read morePublished on January 4, 2002 by Richard A. Lowe
This fascinating book should be essential reading for anyone interested in social psychology or human nature more generally. Read morePublished on July 12, 2001 by Don Garrity