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Deborah Gordon:
The emergent genius of ant colonies

TED2003 · 20:31 · Filmed Feb 2003
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Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies
20:31 · Filmed February 2003 at TED2003 · Subtitles available in 20 languages

With a dusty backhoe, a handful of Japanese paint markers and a few students in tow, Deborah Gordon digs up ant colonies in the Arizona desert to understand their complex social system.

Ecologist
By studying how ant colonies work without any one leader, Deborah Gordon has identified striking similarities in how ant colonies, brains, cells and computer networks regulate themselves. Full bio
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