Control in Distributed Networks

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For more than 20 years, SFI has been at the forefront of the science of collective intelligence, promoting themes such as swarm intelligence, self-organization, decentralized problem-solving, collective choice theory, in fields ranging from biology to engineering to economics. While technology may have caught up with the theory in the form of Web 2.0, a practical framework for understanding, supporting and managing these new modes of decision making –Decisions 2.0, is still lacking. This SFI workshop will examine the theory and practice of decentralized and distributed decisions in government, non profit and commercial organizations. We will also discuss the costs and benefits of decentralized/distributed decision-making: on the + side, decisions gain in robustness, self-organization, adaptability, innovative potential; on the – side, organizations may become more difficult to control, harder to “program”, and more unpredictable.

Control in Distributed Networks Business Network Workshop will be held Tuesday, March 25 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.