The termites morph OVER the bots -- we see both at the same
time, doing the same activities -- moving as a swarm. Their
radio communications are delineated by radiating lines.
These bots employ info-taxis, a
spatial search algorithm in which
agents repeatedly update guesses of
an object's location.
Assume there are many tiny pieces of garbage scattered on a 2D square space, where many ants are wandering
to forage randomly. Each ant individual behaves according to the following very simple rules when it
comes to a place where there is some garbage. 1. If the ant is holding a piece of garbage, it drops it
off there. 2. If the ant isn't holding any garbage, it picks up a piece of garbage there.
Charlie removes the leader bot. The remaining bots stop,
rotate, then line up behind a new leader, go back to work.
They figure out the next best leader,
and keep going. Much more robust --
and cooperative -- in hostile
environments than people.
(indicating laptop screen)
Each bot creates a model of its local
environment, networks it, and we get
a collective picture.
The Boid model is a famous multi-agent model that was invented by
Craig Reynolds. Each Boid is an agent following three simple rules: (1) Align with other
neighbors; (2) Try to be close to neighbors; (3) Avoid collision with other neighbors.
These rules can make the flock of Boids reproduce the behaviors of real bird flocks or fish schools.
CHARLIE (ON RADIO)
Colby, are you counting in meters?
COLBY (ON RADIO)
That's the problem -- I counted in
yards. Let me backtrack, do it right.
Do you want the calculations in