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Caption: Swarm in Here, Credit: Seth Shostak
Image by: Seth Shostak 
Swarm in Here 

Swarm in here... Or Is It Just Me?

From: Big Picture Science
Series: Big Picture Science
Length: 54:00

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Collective intelligence is what makes bees and ants so successful – find out how researchers are helping humans to get their collective act together.

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An ant … can’t … move a rubber tree plant… but the colony can. As a group, ants are an efficient, organized, can-do bunch. And a model for humans trying to manage complex systems.

Find out about the eerie collective intelligence of animals, and how an MIT researcher is hoping to put humans to work collaboratively to solve problems like climate change.

Also … hear how research into flocking behavior helps Hollywood film a herd of stampeding dinosaurs.

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Piece Description

An ant … can’t … move a rubber tree plant… but the colony can. As a group, ants are an efficient, organized, can-do bunch. And a model for humans trying to manage complex systems.

Find out about the eerie collective intelligence of animals, and how an MIT researcher is hoping to put humans to work collaboratively to solve problems like climate change.

Also … hear how research into flocking behavior helps Hollywood film a herd of stampeding dinosaurs.

Guests:

Broadcast History

first released June 21, 2010

Additional Files

Additional Credits

Seth Shostak - Host and Producer
Molly Bentley - Co-Host and Executive Producer
Gary Niederhoff - Assistant Producer
Barbara Vance - Production Assistant
Jay Weiler - Assistant

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