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The Smart Swarm What ants bees fish and smart swarms can teach us about communication organization and decision making The modern world may be obsessed with speed and productivity but twenty first century humans actually have much to learn from the ancient instincts of swarms A fascinating new take on the concept of collective intelligence and its colorful manifestations in some of our most complex problems The Smart Swarm introduces a compelling new understanding of the real experts on solving our own complex problems relating to such topics as business politics and technology Based on extensive globe trotting research this lively tour from National Geographic reporter Peter Miller introduces thriving throngs of ant colonies which have inspired computer programs for streamlining factory processes telephone networks and truck routes; termites used in recent studies for climate control solutions; schools of fish on which the US military modeled a team of robots; and many other examples of the wisdom to be gleaned about the behavior of crowds among critters and corporations alike In the tradition of James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds and the innovative works of Malcolm Gladwell The Smart Swarm is an entertaining yet enlightening look at small scale phenomena with big implications for us all

10 thoughts on “The Smart Swarm

  1. says:

    Without uestion this is my favorite introductory book to systems sciencenetworks emergence This is what I was hoping to read when I picked up a copy of Global Brain by Howard Bloom I remember putting that book down and feeling such disappointment because the concept of swarm behavior in humans that mimics the s

  2. says:

    This is one of those rare great books that manage to talk about many different fields of science and weave them together It uses the habits and organizations of social animals bees ants starlings etc and relates it to how people interact with one another It touches on everything from fluid dynamics how locust swarms

  3. says:

    An interesting but not on the whole revolutionary look at how human systems and organizations can learn from the animal kingdom I felt like I've read this book before in shorter articles and papers I skimmed the middle chapters and was unsurprised by the findings On the whole a perfectly acceptable path of introduction to

  4. says:

    Maybe the book can tell the reader something I could not reach that nugget because of the writing style The style is a very polished version of what a kindergarten child would say

  5. says:

    Having recently watched a huge flock of geese wonderously whirling circling and landing in a field near Milford on Sea my finding this book was very timely Hyberbole rules in the title however Understanding yes; it does a great job of explaining the science behind self organisation in ants bees termites and starlings The mechanisms ar

  6. says:

    Interesting book examining how collectively organized insects and animals use their group as a problem solving tool It appears that there is an inherent almost mathematically predictable advantage group living insects and animals have unrelated to indeed divorced from individual thought process This is in large part involved with shared inf

  7. says:

    This is a fun entertaining book about how animals and people act in crowds Peter Miller shows clearly how ants bees termites locusts birds and fish usually act much smarter in a crowd than any individual They do this instinctively without the need to be taught how to behave In some situations people also are smarter in a group than any individual

  8. says:

    A similar book of the tipping pointAuthor analysed the behaviour of ants bees termites A neat presentation and clearly correlating the actual eventswas wonderful Started little boring and took off nicely Learn about ant independent responsibility Bees selection of nest termites maintaining the nest and bird flock together handling predators and humans

  9. says:

    Whay can we learn from ants and bees? Acting like a swarm or hive is the future of work and decision making Through examples of the animal world the author reflects on how humans can work as a hive and achieve collaborative problem solving based on a diversity of individuals and sources and through a multitude of complex interactions Top down decisions don't

  10. says:

    Concise and well thought out I felt the book's only shortcoming was that it didn't delve very deeply into some of the specifics of how the various swarming behaviors could be applied in practice What I mean simply is that the details about the animal behaviors described didn't match the level of detail for many of the human solutions and I wanted them to

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