So, we've had a taste of cellular automata, and now of agent based models, and are about to go on to other things. Maybe its a good time to look back at our initial thoughts about emergence and what it is/might be good for, and reflect a bit on where we've gotten to so far?
My own thoughts (hoping others will add theirs):
- CA's make interesting patterns, and are fine if one thinks the universe is deterministic and has a lot of time to do the computing needed to predict its future course
- agent based models can make interesting patterns too but also do things that seem more interesting/immediately interpretable to humans