So far, I have tried to stick mainly to whats going on with my hive for postings here. I though this was interesting and related enough to post something here.
I explained early on that one of the things that got me learning about bees (which eventually lead to me starting beekeeping) was reading a few articles about swarm intelligence (or swarm decision making, or agent based systems, etc. – it has lots of names). It got me interested in learning more about these fascinating insects. Today, while checking out Slashdot, I found a post about an article that looks like it is featured in the July issue of National Geographic Magazine (the article is also available online, and they also have some photos). It discusses lots of systems from nature where large groups of individuals, with no leader can “organize” and make group decisions. Some examples include schools of fish, flocks of birds, and herds of caribou moving and avoiding predators, ants foraging and guarding their nests, and of course honeybees. They also explain how people have tried to use these examples to help in designing and programing robots, make businesses more efficient/profitable, decrease your wait at the airport, and make Google’s search results better. If I haven’t been clear enough, I suggest reading the article. 🙂
I just had to smile when they ended the article with this:
“If you’re looking for a role model in a world of complexity, you could do worse than to imitate a bee.”