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The Smart Swarm Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Miller Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a world where speed and flexibility are valued more than ever, leaders from the corporate boardroom to the military are looking for answers from seemingly unlikely experts - the ones in the grass, in the air, in the lakes, and in the woods. In this innovative audiobook, veteran National Geographic editor Peter Miller explains the basic principles of smart swarms - self-organization, diversity of knowledge, indirect collaboration, and adaptive mimicking - to show how swarm species such as ants, bees, and fish can teach us to tackle some of the most complex conundrums in business, politics, and technology.

By studying ant colonies’ simple governing rules, computer scientists have written programs to streamline factory processes, telephone networks, and truck routes. Termites have inspired climate-control solutions, and the U.S. military is developing a team of robots that behaves like a school of fish. Groups in nature are the real specialists because they’ve evolved strategies over millions of years to cope with uncertainty, complexity, and change - the same challenges that make our lives and businesses difficult today.

Leading scientists in fields from biology to physics, social psychology, and business management are all studying smart swarms to unlock their secrets, and Peter Miller takes us on a lively tour to show us how we can, too. A fascinating journey from the critter to the corporation, The Smart Swarm is an eye-opening look at small-scale phenomena with big implications for us all.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Joan | 2/12/2014

    " Fascinating studies of insects and how they work together to accomplish group goals, and how these principles have been applied to human situations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Doug | 12/9/2013

    " As a book about really cool things that animals do, it was very interesting and informative. As a book about how to apply those cool things to the realm of business, it was less so. There are enough differences between people and animals, and it seems that human conscious effort to prevent systemic failure might mess with the whole proposition of 'following simple rules to achieve surprisingly robust and complex and systems' too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Phil | 12/2/2013

    " Some really good insight here. Seemed to be padded out and ran out of steam near the end, but valuable nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Ravie | 11/20/2013

    " A nice book that combines science and management. Honestly, I wasn't aware of the fact that we humans could learn a lot from ants, honey-bees, termites and birds on problem solving!! An interestting book! A 3.75/5 for this! "

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About the Author

Peter Miller is a senior editor at National Geographic and has served as a writer and editor at the magazine for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of The Smart Swarm and lives in Reston, Virginia, with his wife.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.