[ExI] Ant mega-colony takes over world
natasha at natasha.cc
Thu Jul 2 14:01:42 UTC 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQERRbU23bU The middle part shows excavation
of the inside of the colony.
Nlogo1.tif Natasha Vita-More
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Subject: Re: [ExI] Ant mega-colony takes over world
> ...On Behalf Of Emlyn
> > Shell weed ants? (No thanks, I think I will sit this one out.)
> Do you think you could build a 2 dimensional surface, some kind of
> sheet, divided in pixels which could each emit various ant pheromones?
> I guess those would be phixels...
Oh my, excellent thinking. No need to stop at 2 dimensions. If we could
make some sort of three dimensional open-cell foam matrix, where the ants
could create pockets of... anty matter, no that's not the term I want.
Pockets of ants with raw materials to be carried to any arbitrary
construction site, where it could be carried to where it is needed. Perhaps
you have seen those dough-like two part epoxy materials, such as plumber's
epoxy. I can imagine two ants each carrying a small spherule of epoxy which
they combine at the site. That stuff forms a most hardy solid when it sets.
> >From a computer's point of view, that surface would be like a big
> display, a Smellovision.
> Then, you could control ant behaviour by control the pheromone release
> at each phixel.
> Maybe that would help in your plans?
Emlyn your ideas cause my brain to go into overdrive. Imagine a big two
dimensional array, ants would be ordered via pheromones to do some very
simple task, such as block the cell with an epoxy material or not block the
cell. A pattern is formed. Then a second layer is stacked on top of the
first, and a new pattern is formed in that layer, continuing thus adding
layers until a three dimensional structure is formed that physically cannot
be manufactured by standard techniques. One example of such would be a
solid mass interspersed with a series of interlocking tunnels, for the
purpose of heat exchange between counterflowing liquids, for instance.
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