Birds of a Feather…

Posted on 03/03/2011 by

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Or, in this case, birds made of 1’s and 0’s. Based off of a flocking algorithm written in 1986 by Craig Reynolds, this visualization shows how collective intelligence can be modeled by giving individual entities simple decision making procedures and letting them interact. The post’s author (Harry Brundage) lists a whole suite of applications, from modeling traffic flows to public opinion. The code itself is relatively simple, belying the complex interactions that it can simulate. Check out the link for some interactive demos, and (more importantly?) experience the delightful British-ism “boids”.

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