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Entropy 2001, 3(4), 247-258; doi:10.3390/e3040247

Complex Intelligent Systems: Juxtaposition of Foundational Notions and a Research Agenda

School of Computing and Information Systems, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, KT1 2EE, UK
Received: 16 November 2000 / Accepted: 1 November 2001 / Published: 1 December 2001
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Abstract

The cardinality of the class, C , of complex intelligent systems, i.e., systems of intelligent systems and their resources, is steadily increasing. Such an increase, whether designed, sometimes changes significantly and fundamentally, the structure of C . Recently,the study of members of C and its structure comes under a variety of multidisciplinary headings the most prominent of which include General Systems Theory, Complexity Science, Artificial Life, and Cybernetics. Their common characteristic is the quest for a unified theory of a certain class of systems like a living system or an organisation. So far, the only candidate for a general theory of intelligent systems is Newell's Soar. To my knowledge there is presently no candidate theory of C except Newell's claimed extensibility of Soar. This paper juxtaposes the elements of Newell's conceptual basis with those of an alternative conceptual framework based on the thesis that communication and understanding are the primary processes shaping the structure of C and its members. It is patently obvious that a research agenda for the study of C can be extremely varied and long. The third section of this paper presents a highly selective research agenda that aims to provoke discussion among complexity theory scientists.
Keywords: communication; understanding; non-linear dynamical systems; complexity; intelligence; system; representation; meaning; design communication; understanding; non-linear dynamical systems; complexity; intelligence; system; representation; meaning; design
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Gelepithis, P.A. Complex Intelligent Systems: Juxtaposition of Foundational Notions and a Research Agenda. Entropy 2001, 3, 247-258.

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