Brainless slime mould makes decisions like humans

Discover, Aug 10, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Advertisers know this, but educators, for some reason, don't: brainless slime mould makes decisions like humans. "each part of the plasmodium acts like a tiny individual, reacting to information from its environment. By combining these reactions, the entire plasmodium flows towards things it likes and away from things it doesn't, all without a single conscious thought. It's the ultimate in collective decision-making and it allows Physarum to perform remarkable feats of 'intelligence', including simulating Tokyo's transport network, solving mazes, and even driving robots."
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