"Australian scientists are using the collective intelligence found in insect swarms to develop the next generation of hi-tech military hardware."Okay, but wait, here is the good news:
The scientists are replicating swarm behaviour using complex algorithms in work Ryan described as "at the edge of chaos".Feeling a little better? Well I was until I read the second para down:
"There's a fine line between systems which are too ordered and stagnate or systems which are too chaotic and collapse into total disorder," he said.
Ryan said his team also has to try to modify natural swarm behaviour for military use.
"Swarm behaviour as such is not what we are after," he said.
"Swarms -- like the notorious killer bees -- concentrate on attacking a single enemy in vast numbers. Our aim is rather to develop an intelligent and communicating network."
The initial focus is on surveillance work but Ryan said the swarms could also be modified to carry weapons.Oh well, at least there's an environmental up side to war. As we used to chant at college football games in my youth:
KILL!! KILL!! BLOOD MAKES THE GRASS GROW!!See. There's always a positive side if you know where to look.