Big Picture Science – Swarm in Here… or Is It Just Me?

by Gary Niederhoff on August 22, 2011

An ant … can’t … move a rubber tree plant… but the colony can. As a group, ants are an efficient, organized, can-do bunch. And a model for humans trying to manage complex systems.

Find out about the eerie collective intelligence of animals, and how an MIT researcher is hoping to put humans to work collaboratively to solve problems like climate change.

Also … hear how research into flocking behavior helps Hollywood film a herd of stampeding dinosaurs.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Steve Strogatz on Sync
Part 2: The hive mind of ants
Part 3: Collective intelligence
Part 4: Computer modeling swarm behavior
Part 5: Chaos and complexity

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