Article from CU DENVER TODAY by Michael Davidson, January 23, 2017
Ants are pretty smart—smart enough that humans study their collective
intelligence to draw lessons about how to respond to traffic jams,
create efficient computer networks and understand how social media might
turn peaceful protesters into a violent mob.
But an individual ant, that’s a different story.
Graduate school student Andrew Bubak, left, and Professor Michael Greene
“An ant is kind of dumb, honestly. It’s good at its job, it assesses
information around it, it brings food home sometimes, but if you watch
an individual ant, you’ll wonder why ants ever made it,” said Michael Greene, PhD, a professor in the University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Integrative Biology.
The collective intelligence of ants living in huge colonies is one of
the reasons they made it, and it’s all the more impressive because ants
don’t give or take orders from each other—despite having queens, ants
aren’t hierarchical, and colonies don’t have a central authority.
Crucial decisions like when to go to battle with nearby rival colonies
come down to the decisions and actions of individual ants. Yet within
minutes, information will spread within colonies, and tens of thousands
of ants can take action.
To read the entire article in CU DENVER TODAY please click here.