Swarm Intelligence in Honey Bees
(1/19/2012) 67 minutes


Swarm intelligence is the solving of a cognitive problem by two or more individuals who independently collect information and process it through social interactions. With the right organization, a group can overcome the cognitive limitations of its members and achieve a high collective IQ. To understand how to endow groups with swarm intelligence, it is useful to examine natural systems that have evolved this ability. An excellent example is a swarm of honey bees solving the life-or-death problem of finding a new home. Thomas Seeley shows us how these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to achieving collective wisdom and effective group decision making.

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