Can we consider individual ants as analogous to individual neurons?
Deborah Gordon, a biologist at Stanford University, has identified striking similarities in how ant colonies, brains, cells and computer networks regulate themselves. She says:
Swarm Intelligence is contributing to improve our robotics systems, creating new ways to help humans in high risk operations.
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Some years ago Southwest Airlines got trouble with cargo operations. Indeed many planes were using only 7% of their cargo space and at some airports there wasn’t enough capacity to accommodate scheduled loads of freight, leading to bottlenecks.
About ten years ago many Telephone companies faced the problems of congested telecom network. To solve the problems researchers from Hewlett-Packard’s laboratories in Bristol, England, developed a computer program based on ant-foraging principles that routes such calls efficiently.