One key to an ant colony, for example, is that no one’s in charge. No generals command ant warriors. No managers boss ant workers. The queen plays no role except to lay eggs. Even with half a million ants, a colony functions just fine with no management at all–at least none that we would recognize. It relies instead upon countless interactions between individual ants, each of which is following simple rules of thumb. Scientists describe such a system as self-organizing.
Via Slashdot, where one of readers responded with “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it” from Men in Black
All of this reminds me of an interesting Panel I heard at Penguicon in April.