How ants have used the Internet's TCP algorithms for ages

By Shawn Knight · 26 replies
Aug 30, 2012
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  1. We all know ants are extremely smart creatures that are capable of solving complex problems but as it turns out, these tiny insects could have taught us a thing or two about how to build the Internet. Research from Stanford...

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  2. Proverbs 30:25
    There are four things that are the smallest of the earth, but they are instinctively wise:25the ants are a people not strong, and yet in the summer they prepare their food
    Proverbs 6:6
    6Go to the ant, you lazy one; see its ways and become wise.7Although it has no commander, officer or ruler,8it prepares its food even in the summer; it has gathered its food supplies even in the harvest.9How long, you lazy one, will you keep lying down? When will you rise up from your sleep?10A little more sleep, a little more slumbering, a little more folding of the hands in lying down,11and your poverty will certainly come just like some rover, and your want like an armed man
  3. Ants: "Sorry, humans. We have discovered internet long before you know how to create fire, maybe.."
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,875   +1,206

    So ants have common sense. That is remarkable, considering how many people lack it. Ants efficiently save food for rough times. People wastefully spend money they don't have. You could argue ants are the smarter species. :)
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  5. That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.

    Ecclesiastes 1:9

  6. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,362   +276

    Yet we believe we are "Intelligent" to a type 3 civilization we would be seen as puny men, "simple" ants.
  7. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 923   +283

    Type 2 would see us as puny men, type 3 would see us as ants :p
    Artix likes this.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,601   +1,888

    Smarter than my cat shitting in corners...
    mooney12 likes this.
  9. Zeromus

    Zeromus TS Booster Posts: 227   +7

    There's also something similar that logistics algorithms use that comes from ants.
  10. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,362   +276

    Cats are superstitious, you just wait until they get their peace of the world! Wait they have most of us under their paws already, acting all cute and shiii...
  11. Krazo

    Krazo TS Rookie

    Ants use the path of least resistance to get where they want to does any other part of nature, including humans and electricity. The trial is in the transfer and blockages. All living things are relatively intelligent.... everything is relative....:eek: I need to hit my pipe, again.:eek::eek:
  12. Ants have the internet before we do ?

    They are a threat to our species then ! Smash ants ! Me smash ants !
  13. R3DP3NGUIN

    R3DP3NGUIN TS Booster Posts: 152   +10

    You want to be a Network admin??? then forget about learning Cisco .etc. start thinking like an Ant!
  14. jackal2687

    jackal2687 TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +12

    Jersey Shore is being cancelled so common sense is surely making a comeback.
  15. imranmuhd2000

    imranmuhd2000 TS Rookie

    Qur'an (Chapter of The Ants 27:17 - 19).

    And there were gathered before Sulaiman (Solomon) his hosts of jinns and men, and birds, and they all were set in battle order (marching forwards).

    Till, when they came to the valley of the ants, one of the ants said: "O ants! Enter your dwellings, lest Sulaiman (Solomon) and his hosts crush you, while they perceive not."

    So he [Sulaiman (Solomon)] smiled, amused at her speech and said: "My Lord! Inspire and bestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves."
  16. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,952   +1,286

    I dont understand how this is a news story...Isnt that just common sense? if we take a while and have no food, theres no food to be found, amirite?
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  17. techpoppin

    techpoppin TS Rookie

    On the floor laughing... Duce duuuce
  18. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    Yes! agreed (also, I think something is wrong with the interpretation of cause & effect in this article, surely the story, such as it is, is that TCP/IP and ant-logic are both simple feedback processes, this does NOT make the ant system equivalent to TCP/IP!) Help! :D
  19. boybrushdred

    boybrushdred TS Member Posts: 26

    could have been a slow day for the news team
  20. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 131   +16

    Could have been a slow day for the news team[/quote]

    Amen! (Yikes, all these comments from the Bible is affecting me!)
  21. The so slim budget of universities could be better spend than studying ants.
    The result of research is completely useless if not an reverse analogy of TCP transported to insects world.
    Studying for example why the honey with no preservative what so ever can stay for thousand years without going bad , could help better us in the food industry for preserving food without chemicals.
    Waste of time and money.....
  22. ¿wrong forum?
  23. mooney12

    mooney12 TS Member Posts: 88

    What is with all the bible verses
  24. I think the ants are building Skynet. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
  25. I think everyone here is missing the point, Nature itself, what makes plants grow, animals hibernate, and ants harvest is all run by certain mathematic codes, algorithms, etc... Only a specie with intelligence like us can crack these phenomenons in nature. Ants dont understand what they are doing, it is simply their nature to do it according to the laws of nature, it is through their subconsious actions they can achieve these things we sit back and look at in awe. It is amazing that we humans, just another creature on this planet can figure out natures code and incorporate it into our own lives through the use of artificial things like the internet.

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