What ants, bees, fish, and smart swarms can teach 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 swarmers. A fascinating new take on collective intelligence and its colorful manifestations in some of our most complex problems, The Smart Swarm introduces a compelling new understanding on solving our own problems relating to such topics as business, politics, and technology.
This lively tour from National Geographic reporter Peter Miller introduces ant colonies that have been the inspiration for streamlining factory processes, telephone networks, and truck routes; termites, used in studies for climate-control solutions; schools of fish, on which the U.S. military modeled a team of robots; and many other examples of the wisdom to be gleaned about the behavior of crowds.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.77(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Peter Miller is a senior editor at National Geographic and has served as a writer and editor at the magazine for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Reston, Virginia, with his wife.
Table of Contents
Foreword Don Tapscott ix
Introduction: When in Doubt, Turn to the Experts xiii
1 Ants: Who's in Charge Here? 1
2 Honeybees: Making Smart Decisions 33
3 Termites: One Thing Leads to Another 105
4 Birds of a Feather: Secrets of Flocks, Schools, and Herds 159
5 Locusts: The Dark Sides of Crowds 227
Conclusion: Doing the Right Thing 259
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I learned so much from reading this book. I'm always interested in finding out the why behind actions, whether it's humans or animals who are responsible. I really liked how Peter worded everything in an easy to understand way that was anything but textbook-like. I really enjoyed it.
Very well paced and clear writing. And, very stimulating. Loved this book and I learnt a lot.
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