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The Gathering Swarms

  • Aired: 05/21/2014
  • 00:48
  • Rating: NR
Get a look at some of the planet’s great gatherings, creatures that come together in inconceivable numbers — sometimes in millions, billions, even trillions. In the process, a kind of super-organism is created in which individual intelligence is superseded by a collective consciousness that shares information and moves with a single purpose for the benefit of all.
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Check out swarm intelligence, essentially a living embodiment of social media in nature.
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