How ants Decide

Existing simultaneously as a collective and as individuals, how ants function in an ant colony might be used to explain decision making principles. SEED:

With a grant from the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, computer scientist James Marshall and biologist Nigel Franks are taking advantage of the systemic similarities and physical incongruences of these two systems to illuminate general principles of group decision making, a process that pervades biology and society—from ants and neurons to people and governments.