Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Experiments on Swarm Intelligence

Swarm Intelligence has always been a topic that fascinated me a lot, since I read Kevin Kelly's book Out of Control. Research on swarm intelligence is an important part of complexity science, and has some interesting consequences for general systems behaviour. What triggers birds to fly or fish to swim in a certain formation? There are only rules two that govern animals’ behaviour in that respect:
1. Stay close to your neighbour
2. Don't dump into something


1 comment:

DavidStephenson said...

Your readers may be interested in the paper that Eric Bonabeau of Icosystems, Inc., a leader in applying swarm intelligence to management issues, and I co-authored about how it applies to homeland security (Flight 93 being Exhibit A) : http://tinyurl.com/2ab638
W. David Stephenson
Stephenson Strategies

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