Miller, I. D. (2016). Networks, Complexity, and Intelligence. Presented at the monthly meeting of the Internet Research Network. Toronto, ON, Canada.
I take the perspective that social phenomena can be modelled with the use of computational agents, and that psychology provides models of agent behaviour. Agents may be connected through a variety of networks that provide mediated vectors of transmission. In the particular case of online information networks, we observe nonlinear transmission phenomena in which memes (a unit of cultural reproduction) spread as a social information epidemic. Online memes are a mechanism for agents to message and influence one another, providing a social coordination function. My work therefore uses social agents who transmit memes to model and explore social phenomena.