Emergent Behavior in Insects

Posted 28 Sep 2003 at 15:21 UTC by steve Share This

A new theory about insect behavior described in an Arizona State University press release could boost support for emergent behavior advocates in robotics. Jennifer H. Fewell of the ASU Center for Insect Science, has been studying social behavior and task allocation in the world of social insects for some time. At a colony level, termites exhibit complex behaviors such the construction of cooling towers to thermoregulate their colony, and the management of complex farming and food production systems. The traditional view is that insects evolved the capabilities in their genetic makeup. But Fewell proposes that the abilities evolved as emergent behaviors from very simple organisms.

I tend to agree with Fewel..., posted 29 Sep 2003 at 15:29 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

I think I'd have to agree with Jennifer H. Fewell about this. In building a number of free roving robots, with certain behaviors built in, they tend to create interesting complex behaviors of their own. When you take a number of robots and put them together they start to perform interesting things together on their own. Looking very much like ants or bees in their group interactions. And the programming was relatively simple.

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