Engineering with Sociological Metaphors: Examples and
By: David Hales
Date: 15th November 2004
CPM Report No.: CPM-04-148
Presented at the "Engineering with Social Metaphors" day of the AISB Symposium on Socially Inspired Computing, University of Hertfordship, April 2005.
One way of
approaching the engineering
of systems with desirable properties is to examine naturally occurring
systems that appear to have such properties. One line of work examines
biological theories and phenomena. Ideas from the social sciences are
less well explored as a possible source of so-called ‘self-*’
(self-organisation, self-repair, self-management) engineering
techniques. We briefly overview some recent work that follows this
latter approach and consider some specific prospects for future work.