Swarm intelligence occurs in nature when social creatures such as ants combine their behavior in an integrated way for a collective purpose. Understanding swarm intelligence and replicating it is of increasing interest as we move into a world of AI and clustered robots. Understanding emergent behavior from swarms also furthers concepts of autonomy and organization at every level of intelligence.
Here we have provide a few videos that look at the potential for applying swarm concepts to human thought, as well as to robotics. As usual, the videos here are available on a standard YouTube license.
What is Swarm Intelligence? (UNU videos)
Taming the swarm – Collective Artificial Intelligence (TEDx Talks)
Published on Jan 14, 2016
by Radhika Nagpal
Radhika Nagpal is the Kavli Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University and a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. At Harvard, she leads the Self-organizing Systems Research Group (SSR) and her research combines computer science, robotics, and biology. Her main area of interest is how cooperation can emerge or be programmed from large groups of simple agents.
Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature? (Deep Look)
Published on Jul 21, 2015
How does a group of animals — or cells, for that matter — work together when no one’s in charge? Tiny swarming robots–called Kilobots–work together to tackle tasks in the lab, but what can they teach us about the natural world?
How do you simultaneously control a thousand robots in a swarm? The question may seem like science fiction, but it’s one that has challenged real robotics engineers for decades. In 2010, the Kilobot entered the scene. Now, engineers are programming these tiny independent robots to cooperate on group tasks. This research could one day lead to robots that can assemble themselves into machines, or provide insights into how swarming behaviors emerge in nature.
In the future, this kind of research might lead to collaborative robots that could self-assemble into a composite structure. This larger robot could work in dangerous or contaminated areas, like cleaning up oil spills or conducting search-and-rescue activities.
DEEP LOOK is a short video series created by KQED San Francisco and presented by PBS Digital Studios. This is made available on a standard YouTube license.
Human Swarming (IEEE Blended Intelligence, 2015. UNU videos)
Published on Oct 7, 2015
Dr. Louis Rosenberg of Unanimous AI (same as first video) describes the basics of “Human Swarming”, discussing the natural models that inspire Human Swarms and the benefits of swarms over votes, polls, markets, and other methods for tapping the Collective Intelligence of groups.