“When you believe in things that you don’t understand”: the effect of cross-generational habits on self-improving system integration”


Chloe M. Barnes, Lukas Esterle and John N. A. Brown

Workshop Details

2019 IEEE 4th International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*W).

Umeå, Sweden.

16th June 2019.


Humans experiencing unexpected feedback to certain actions which they are not able to explain, might develop superstitious behaviour. In this paper, we discuss that similar behaviour might also occur in engineered systems. We provide a thought-experiment regarding such behaviour in computational systems. In this paper, we propose a first step towards improved runtime systems integration based on a the ability to become aware of previously-unknown others and their actions, as described in networked self-awareness.