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Roach Clip

Another article on the Hive Mind, this one from NPR.org: Robots Infiltrate, Influence Cockroach Groups. In this one, scientists have somehow programmed tiny robots that interact with cockroaches in such a way that the cockroaches accept them as just another roach (with the help of scent, it sounds like). Then they demonstrate how individuals can influence the decision making of the hive (although roaches aren’t technically a hive, they engage in similar group decision-making processes).

Cool stuff, much better than previous article where humans were told to walk around according to robotic rules, I think.

(Thanks for the tip, Marc!)

PS I’ve got a load of beekeeping / honey stories built up from the European trip we’re on, coming soon…

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