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Lens of Time: Slime Lapse

H/T to Simon Garnier: Slime molds don’t look like much. Amorphous and gloppy, they spread across the forest floor in a mindless quest to consume whatever lies in their path. But research scientists are now learning that the routes slime molds take through their environment are anything but random. Despite their lack of a brain—or even…

Army ants ‘mind the gap’ efficiently

BBC popular write up of Simon Garnier’s co-authored Army ants dynamically adjust living bridges in response to a cost–benefit trade-off. antscollective behaviorcomplexitydistributed cognitionoptimizationroboticsself-assemblySelf-organizationSimon GarnierSpontaneous orderStigmergySwarm intelligence

The Swarm Lab

Swarm enthusiasts would do well to check out Simon Garnier’s new interdisciplinary initiative Swarm Lab run under the auspices of the Department of Biological Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Collective intelligencecollective intentionalityComputational Sociologydistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgehuman stigmergyRobotSimon Garnierstigmergicstigmergic cognitionStigmergySwarm intelligenceSwarm robotics