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Futureproof Extra: Ant Behaviours & Decision Making

Look at the structure of an ant nest and you’ll see a highly organised intelligent system and i...

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08.00 21 Jul 2020


Futureproof Extra: Ant Behaviours & Decision Making



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08.00 21 Jul 2020


Look at the structure of an ant nest and you’ll see a highly organised intelligent system and if you look at the social structure of an ant colony you’ll see the same - order, efficiency, intelligence.

Now look at a single ant.

250,000 neurons make up its entire nervous system so in terms of smarts, it’s not far removed from a stick of chewing gum.

So how do ants make intelligent, collective decisions?

Deborah Gordon is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Stanford University, she joined Jonathan to discuss.

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