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Mimicking Nature Boosts Efficiency.

What better time than summer to reflect on how the concept of "swarm intelligence" might benefit your organization? According to an article in the May Harvard Business Review, business organizations can benefit from lessons learned in nature. Social insects like ants and bees exhibit marginal intelligence when working on their own. Working in groups, however, they adapt automatically to changing environments and find highly efficient solutions to complicated problems.

Some companies have already begun to apply swarm intelligence to their own operations. For example, by emulating ants, which find the shortest path to a new food supply, Hewlett-Packard researchers have developed software to find the most efficient way to route phone traffic over a telecommunications network.
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Publication:Association Management
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2001
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