“…it is possible to transfer insights about collective behavior from one species to another species.”

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Ants and slime molds are physically entirely different systems. Yet, the self-organized mechanisms that govern their fundamental behavior are so similar that both species share essential behavioral characteristics.

Most importantly, the fundamental mathematical structure of the self-organized decision making mechanisms in these systems is similar to those in a broad variety of other organisms, such as bees and bacteria, to those in human social decision making and even to those in bio-inspired engineering solutions, such as swarm robots.

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