Small wonder: Ants can solve maths pr...

Small wonder: Ants can solve maths problems

There are 36 comments on the timesofindia.indiatimes.com story from Dec 14, 2010, titled Small wonder: Ants can solve maths problems. In it, timesofindia.indiatimes.com reports that:

An ant colony is probably the last place one would expect to find a maths whiz, but a study has shown that they could solve complex , dynamic problems, and may even help computer experts develop better software.

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Wowbagger the Prolonged

Since: Aug 10

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#1 Dec 14, 2010
And they gossip as no other too:

http://www.topix.com/forum/religion/islam/TPJ...
HeadCheese

Decatur, GA

#2 Dec 14, 2010
My aunt sucks at video games also.

“Ave Satanas”

Since: Dec 06

Bratislava, Slovakia

#3 Dec 14, 2010
While humans still cant grasp proper spelling....
HeadCheese

Decatur, GA

#4 Dec 14, 2010
triple6vamp wrote:
While humans still cant grasp proper spelling....
Still way away of ants.

Although they organize better....but they are communists.

“False Prophet”

Since: Jan 08

hamilton

#5 Dec 14, 2010
triple6vamp wrote:
While humans still cant grasp proper spelling....
That was Chuck Norris's fault of course. He invented texting because every time he makes a speklling mistake Oxford alters their dictionary in preference to him.

This is because his plans are always as clever as a fox who has just been named professor of cunning at Oxford. To quote

"Baldrick, is your plan as cunning as a fox who has just been named professor of Cunning at Cambridge?"

"Yes."

Baldrick of course is so cunning he invented a time machine. Yet not so cunning he could prevent having darts thrown at him as a member of the minion class.

Blackadder: Bad luck with the darts Balders.

Baldrick: That's alright my lord, my willy stopped them".
Daft Quak

Bethlehem, PA

#6 Dec 14, 2010
HeadCheese wrote:
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Still way away of ants.
Although they organize better....but they are communists.
True they and communists. Each ant working for the greater cause.
HeadCheese

Decatur, GA

#7 Dec 14, 2010
Daft Quak wrote:
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True they and communists. Each ant working for the greater cause.
...but the "greater cause" is subjective. Your family may be your "greater cause" where the "greater cause" for a commie would be the State.

I think I like to determine my own "greater causes" thank you very much.
Daft Quak

Bethlehem, PA

#8 Dec 14, 2010
If you look at an ant the have antenias. Is an ant an ant or an antenia connecting the colony in a collective consciousness. An individual ant being more like a group of nerons which collectively create the computing power to solve complex mathematics.

“False Prophet”

Since: Jan 08

hamilton

#9 Dec 14, 2010
hinamanu wrote:
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That was Chuck Norris's fault of course. He invented texting because every time he makes a speklling mistake Oxford alters their dictionary in preference to him.
This is because his plans are always as clever as a fox who has just been named professor of cunning at Oxford. To quote
"Baldrick, is your plan as cunning as a fox who has just been named professor of Cunning at Cambridge?"
"Yes."
Baldrick of course is so cunning he invented a time machine. Yet not so cunning he could prevent having darts thrown at him as a member of the minion class.
Blackadder: Bad luck with the darts Balders.
Baldrick: That's alright my lord, my willy stopped them".
imho that's a willy and a half!
PixieVampyressUn plugged

Fort Mohave, AZ

#10 Dec 14, 2010
So I should have taken an ant farm, to school, instead of a calculator?

Cherish Your Loved Ones.
Matt Ematic

Huntington, NY

#11 Dec 14, 2010
Since when did math have a problem?

Since: Nov 08

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#12 Dec 14, 2010
Maybe they should be running our economy and working out a federal budget

“So Hillary Blames the Universe”

Since: Jun 08

..for being unpopular..

#13 Dec 14, 2010
Ants are more fun to observe than a calculator.
But a calculator won't bite.
Ants work as a group for a common goal.
Calculators make better paper weights.
Ants take prisoners, and keep slaves.
Calculators take prisoners, and keep slaves.

???

Ants are more fun to observe than a calculator...

Since: Aug 09

Annapolis, MD

#14 Dec 14, 2010
HeadCheese wrote:
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Still way away of ants.
Although they organize better....but they are communists.
They're actually monarchies.
HeadCheese

Decatur, GA

#15 Dec 14, 2010
corrective_unconscious wrote:
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They're actually monarchies.
Yes, they are.
Archie

Huntington, NY

#16 Dec 14, 2010
What's an Oligarchy?

Since: Aug 09

Annapolis, MD

#17 Dec 14, 2010
In finding the most efficient way to a food source in an (artificially) changing environment, the ants are not manipulating abstract symbols, as you do in math.

Observing them might help people who do math come up with more effective algorithms.

What's remarkable here is that the ants are undertaking what you have to assume are random, simultaneous, problem solving trials, and efficiently evaluating the results and communicating the best ones to the colony with high efficiency, by behaving as a tactile swarm, like of flock of birds or school of fish.

If it were anymore than that they'd be getting invitations to picnics rather than just crashing them, like the Salahis or other lower forms of life.
Wowbagger the Prolonged

Since: Aug 10

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#18 Dec 14, 2010
Point is they talk a lot too!

And they gossip!

http://www.topix.com/forum/religion/islam/TPJ...
The Monkey

Hampton, VA

#19 Dec 14, 2010
Yeah but my Uncle can do nifty tricks with balloons!

Since: Jun 08

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#20 Dec 14, 2010
Daft Quak wrote:
If you look at an ant the have antenias. Is an ant an ant or an antenia connecting the colony in a collective consciousness. An individual ant being more like a group of nerons which collectively create the computing power to solve complex mathematics.
Borg..... really.... pull the plug dude...

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