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WOW, this is simple indeed, amazing how individual interactions shape collective behavior and form complex solutions.It would be even more fascinating to find out what the evolutionary path was that lead to this algorithm being picked from the presumably several similar algorithms. I am assuming similar interactions and simple instructions lead to fire ants in south america forming rafts during flooding as discussed here [1] , also it helps that ants can lift almost 5000 times its own weight [2]. Ive always been fascinated by ants and their social structure, first introduced to their amazing skills in Richard Dawking's 'The Selfish Gene' -[3]

1.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1380471/Survi... 2. https://entomologytoday.org/2014/02/11/ants-can-lift-up-to-5... 3. https://www.amazon.com/Selfish-Gene-Popular-Science/dp/01928...




Thanks for both those links. Both were super interesting to read about. Very cool to learn how an ant can come up with these solutions.

I wonder if different species of Ants have different solutions? Like a large species might be able to do something smaller ants cannot.


Even complex structures like fractals have a simple algorithm, perhaps can be stated in a single statement.

Also, the cobwebs require a pretty simple algorithm followed diligently.




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