Insect superorganisms
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Insect superorganisms

Summary
E. O. Wilson & Bert Holldobler illustrate how
This page reviews the strategy of bundling multiple products within a single offer in a complex adaptive system (CAS).  The mechanism is discussed with examples from biology and business. 
bundled
cooperative strategies can take hold.  Various social insects have developed strategies which have allowed them to capture the most valuable available niches.  Like humans they invest in specialization and cooperate to subdue larger, well equipped competitors. 
The SuperOrganism
E. O. Wilson & Bert Holldobler's book 'The SuperOrganism' shows how
This page reviews the implications of selection, variation and heredity in a complex adaptive system (CAS).  The mechanism and its emergence are discussed. 
evolution
's forces have acted on ants and bees to extend the actions they use to forage, to
The squeaky wheel gets attention in a complex adaptive system (CAS). 
additionally describe to their siblings
The agents in complex adaptive systems (CAS) must model their environment to respond effectively to it.  Samuel modeling is described as an approach. 
models
of where food and water sources are.  Other members of the colony use the models they develop in response to initiate their own participation in the cooperative capture of resources. 

Ants returning from successful foraging excursions
This page discusses the tagging of signals in a complex adaptive system (CAS).  Tagged signals can be used to control filtering of an event stream.  Examples of CAS filters are reviewed. 
deploy descriptors
which assist nest-mates in heading towards the resources. 

Ants also
Agents use sensors to detect events in their environment.  This page reviews how these events become signals associated with beneficial responses in a complex adaptive system (CAS).  CAS signals emerge from the Darwinian information model.  Signals can indicate decision summaries and level of uncertainty. 
signal
each other and the forager can lead other members towards the prey.  As more of the directed foragers detect a major resource they also return and add to the signals, creating an amplification of the focused activity.  The evolved nature of the process ensures that the
Plans emerge in complex adaptive systems (CAS) to provide the instructions that agents use to perform actions.  The component architecture and structure of the plans is reviewed. 
genetic plan
reflects these agent capabilities.  The result is a powerful
This page reviews the strategy of setting up an arms race.  At its core this strategy depends on being able to alter, or take advantage of an alteration in, the genome or equivalent.  The situation is illustrated with examples from biology, high tech and politics. 
evolutionary amplifier
inducing sustained cooperative schematic pools that drive further investment. 

The bundling of various strategies allows insect 'superorganisms' to evolutionarily out compete specialist insects that cannot bear the cost required for each individual to be competitive.  The 'superorganism' is far more
To benefit from shifts in the environment agents must be flexible.  Being sensitive to environmental signals agents who adjust strategic priorities can constrain their competitors. 
flexible
.  It can coordinate lines of attack to
This page discusses the benefits of bringing agents and resources to the dynamically best connected region of a complex adaptive system (CAS). 
the central area of action
, be the master of communications, focus colony members on the
This page discusses the strategy of going around the competitor's flank to reach and assault its rear. 
envelopment
of large prey insects and leverage the resulting evolutionary amplifier. 

In less beneficial environments the solitary strategies of beetles, spiders and other competitors of 'superorganisms' win out.  The pre-conditions for 'superorganism' success include access to enough resources to sustain an active colony.  Evolution ensures that focused strategies can be efficiently aligned with specific constrained niches. 

Also the cooperative communication infrastructure leveraged by 'superorganisms' leaves them open to
Rather than oppose the direct thrust of some environmental flow agents can improve their effectiveness with indirect responses.  This page explains how agents are architected to do this and discusses some examples of how it can be done. 
indirect attack
by competitors who are able to manipulate the signalling infrastructure and
This page discusses the strategy of confusing the control system of a complex adaptive system (CAS). 
unbalance
the emergent responses of the colony.  


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This page looks at schematic structures and their uses.  It discusses a number of examples:
  • Schematic ideas are recombined in creativity. 
  • Similarly designers take ideas and rules about materials and components and combine them. 
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Finally it includes a section presenting our formal representation of schematic goals. 
Each goal has a series of associated complex adaptive system (CAS) strategy strings. 
These goals plus strings are detailed for various chess and business examples. 
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