21 Aug '16, 9am

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

But even though we’re rookies in the Networked Creature Club, we humans learn fast : that’s what super-organisms do. That’s why people and ants run rampant over this planet so handily. Every living ant, if you tied them up together in a colossal Santa sack, would weigh about the same as every living person tied up in another sack. Together, those two sacks weigh 16 times more than a sack of all the other land-dwelling wild vertebrates combined . So I guess we’re doing something right. And humans have a couple of innovation-acceleration tricks that ants don’t have (I’m not so sure about fungi, and how much do you think their sack weighs?). First, we aren’t limited to plain, vanilla genetic adaption, one plodding generation at a time. We can pass our innovations sideways, behind the back, over the head, and take it to the hoop; from friends to neighbors to people we don’t ev...

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