Complex Adaptive Systems Overview

In this video we give an overview of complex adaptive systems, we will firstly define what we mean they this term, before briefly covering the main topics in this area. Like all complex systems, they consist of many elements, what are called agents, with these agents interacting in a nonlinear fashion creating a network of connections within which agents are acting and reacting to each other’s behavior. Through adaptation, agents have the capacity to synchronize their states or activities with other agents locally, out of these local interactions the system can self-organize with the emergence of globally coherent patterns of organization developing. This macro scale organization then feeds back to the micro level, as the system has to perform selection upon the agents based upon their contribution to the whole system’s functioning.