Saturday, November 07, 2015
Marauder Ants and Stigmergy
Accomplishing large projects without communication is called stigmergy. The marauders' approach to building has been duplicated by robotics experts, who have discovered that its cheaper and easier to achieve a goal such as piling up small objects with a group of simple robots responding to the sort done thus far than with one large, more intelligent robot. Stigmergy is at work in such websites as Wikipedia and Google as well, where many people add their insights to the statements and choices of others.
-from Moffett, Mark W., Adventures among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions p. 23-24 (U. Cal. Press 2010), a simply fantastic book.