WHAT IS SWARM INTELLIGENCE?

WHAT IS SWARM INTELLIGENCE?

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It all goes back to the birds and the bees. Fish too. And ants. Even slime-molds. It goes to all creatures that amplify their group intelligence by forming flocks, schools, shoals, colonies, herds, and swarms. Across countless species, nature show us that social creatures, when working together as a unified system, can outperform the vast majority of individual members when solving problems and making decisions, thereby boosting their overall survival. Scientists call this “Swarm Intelligence” and it proves the old adage – many minds are better than one.

This begs the question – “Can humans swarm?  Certainly we didn’t evolve the ability to form a Swarm Intelligence, for we lack the subtle connections that other species use to establish tight feedback-loops among members.  Ants use chemical traces. Fish detect vibrations in the water around them. Bees use high speed gestures. Birds detect motions propagating through the flock. Whatever method is used for establishing connectivity, the resulting natural systems are so tightly knit, the group behaves as what scientists call a “super-organism” able to think as one. And by doing so, these social creatures are able to make optimized decisions, together, on life or death matters, boosting overall survival.

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