[NetBehaviour] Swarm Theory - on National Geographic.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Jul 6 11:55:26 CEST 2007

Swarm Theory.

A single ant or bee isn't smart, but their colonies are. The study of 
swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage 
complex systems, from truck routing to military robots.

"Ants aren't smart," Gordon says. "Ant colonies are." A colony can solve 
problems unthinkable for individual ants, such as finding the shortest 
path to the best food source, allocating workers to different tasks, or 
defending a territory from neighbors. As individuals, ants might be tiny 
dummies, but as colonies they respond quickly and effectively to their 
environment. They do it with something called swarm intelligence.


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