Failure of self-organizing systems
September 28, 2010 § 1 Comment
Via Self-Organizing Networked Systems, here’s a video of what happens when army ants accidentally start following each other in a circle, instead of heading towards food:
Apparently they can keep going until they die of dehydration. How interesting. I wonder if there are analogous failure modes for molecular self-organizing systems?
Additional references at The Ant Room.
Here’s an xkcd version: Operation Duckling Loop.