Complex, Functional, Beautiful ‘Design’ Without a Designer

by Luke Muehlhauser on March 12, 2010 in Design Argument,Video

Yet another example…

And here’s more on how ‘intelligent’ ants are:

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Vox Teleos March 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Nice. I’d love to have that sculpture in my yard, but then I have always been fascinated by that transitional space between order and disorder, the clearly cognitive and the merely self-organizing. I’d really like it if I could kill as few ants as possible, too.

Here’s Subsumption Architecture, based on looking at ant achievements as a basis for robotic interactions.

Coding ant-like harvesting behavior results in pretty movies, too.

There’s even a theory of “information scent” concerning browsing behavior on the web that borrows from animal foraging strategies.

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Justfinethanks March 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Oh, yeah? Well, God created the ants.

Checkmate atheists!

Seriously, though. That’s amazing and beautiful.

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Bill Maher March 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Here is a really cool movie about ants that farm.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNN2E2bWU3A

Richard Dawkins’ YT channel is full of goodies.

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lukeprog March 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Thanks, Bill Maher.

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Eric M. March 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Great post!

There is a higher-def version of the first video available, although it has some annoying annotations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozkBd2p2piU

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