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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“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

South Bend, IN

#21 Dec 14, 2010
Let's elect a bunch of them and see if THEY can balance the budget.

“Trouble making cripple”

Since: Dec 10

Cannon, KY

#22 Dec 14, 2010
lol
Phil McCracken

Minneapolis, MN

#23 Dec 14, 2010
maybe the ants can teach Barney Frank how to do math...
Daft Quak

Havertown, PA

#24 Dec 15, 2010
Capn Greg wrote:
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Borg..... really.... pull the plug dude...
Ants are biological cyborgs. Your right. That is just about what I am hypothesizing. Did I originate that idea or is that an idea that is already in existence. If its turns out to be true do I get (even if it was thought of already)((which I guess does not pay as well as an original)) do I get some kind of award? Cash would be fine.
little jerk

AOL

#25 Dec 15, 2010
They're fun to stomp on when they get in your honny
HeadCheese

Decatur, GA

#26 Dec 15, 2010
Phil McCracken wrote:
maybe the ants can teach Barney Frank how to do math...
He should forget the math, and just learn how to borrow from China for nation-building spending. Any repubs from Bush admin want to tutor the class. You're great at it.

“Up with which, I will not put”

Since: Jul 08

Sao Paulo

#27 Dec 16, 2010
corrective_unconscious wrote:
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.
Yeah. What he said.
Phil McCracken

Minneapolis, MN

#28 Dec 17, 2010
HeadCheese wrote:
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He should forget the math, and just learn how to borrow from China for nation-building spending. Any repubs from Bush admin want to tutor the class. You're great at it.
You sound like The Savior...."It was Bush's fault"! Your Savior isn't doing much to cut spending now, is he? As for China,the way Treasury auctions work, the Federal government has no idea who is buying US debt.

You can look at two ways, if you think the Chinese are smart, then buying US is a smart investment. If you think they are idiots, then they will lose a pant load of money by buying US debt. At the end of the day, if the US stops buying Chinese goods, the China has an even bigger problem. And, by the way, you are a dipshit.

“Up with which, I will not put”

Since: Jul 08

Sao Paulo

#29 Dec 20, 2010
How much exactly is a pant-load of money?
Phil McCracken

Minneapolis, MN

#30 Dec 29, 2010
JM_Brazil wrote:
How much exactly is a pant-load of money?
fill up your grandma's panties with hundred dollar bills and let me know what that works out to be...

“chance may crown me”

Since: Oct 10

the glass of fashion

#31 Dec 29, 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.
You actually may be on to something....just think it on a larger scale.

“chance may crown me”

Since: Oct 10

the glass of fashion

#32 Dec 29, 2010
Daft Quak wrote:
<quoted text>Ants are biological cyborgs. Your right. That is just about what I am hypothesizing. Did I originate that idea or is that an idea that is already in existence. If its turns out to be true do I get (even if it was thought of already)((which I guess does not pay as well as an original)) do I get some kind of award? Cash would be fine.
You may be able to obtain a study grant. Good luck convincing the committee of your hypotheses though. ;)
It isn't necessarily an original thought, but a largely ignored or a suppressed one. Like I said, apply this hypotheses to a larger scale and you just may be onto something.
Wowbagger the Prolonged

Since: Aug 10

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#33 Dec 31, 2010
Phil McCracken wrote:
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fill up your grandma's panties with hundred dollar bills and let me know what that works out to be...
It's about "pant-load", not "panties-load"!
Wowbagger the Prolonged

Since: Aug 10

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#34 Dec 31, 2010
JM_Brazil wrote:
How much exactly is a pant-load of money?
The most scientific answer possible is ... it depends with what notes you fill up ALL the available pockets

A miser would fill them up with dimes, making it a couple of dollars worth of a pant-load ...

A big spender would probably fill them up with hundred bills ...
Annonymous

Bronx, NY

#35 Dec 31, 2010
nooooooooo!!!! god damn it i just sprayed the house now i'll flunk outta college and have to sell hotdogs
just candid

AOL

#36 Dec 31, 2010
Capn Greg wrote:
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Borg..... really.... pull the plug dude...
I have a friend who has one antenna. He seems to be able to connect with a lot of ladys.

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