(1988 Miller & Drexler) Market mechanisms as a framework for open computational systems
Like all systems involving goals, resources, and actions, computation can be viewed in economic terms. This paper examines markets as a model for computation and proposes a framework agoric systems for applying the power of market mechanisms to the software domain. It then explores the consequences of this model and outlines initial market strategies.
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Miller MS, Drexler KE. (1988) “Markets and Computation: Agoric Open Systems” in The Ecology of Computation, Huberman, B, editor, Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.