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Gizmag Reblog! The Anternet

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: BLOGGING!, REBLOG | Tags: | Comments Off on Gizmag Reblog! The Anternet

Gizmag Reblog - The AnternetAsk who invented the Internet and you’ll spark off an argument with everyone championed from DARPA to Nikola Tesla. However, two Stanford scientists claim that the inventor may have had six legs, antennae and a taste for disrupting picnics.

Professor of biology Deborah Gordon and professor of computer science Balaji Prabhakar say that red harvester ants – Pogonomyrmex barbatus – use the same Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) in foraging that the internet uses to manage data transmissions – making a sort of “Anternet.”

A common image of an ant colony is that it’s the ultimate dictatorship, with each ant condemned to a life of total regimentation. It’s nice metaphor, but it’s actually false. In fact, in an ant colony, no one is in charge.

True, there’s a queen, but she doesn’t do anything except lay eggs. As to the rest of the ants, no one makes decisions, no one tells anyone else what to do and no one supervises the work. This raises the question, how does anyone know what to do? :: Read the full article »»»»

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