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  title={Ant Colonies as a Model of Human Computation},
  author={Melanie E. Moses and Tatiana Paz Flanagan and Kenneth Letendre and G. Matthew Fricke},
  booktitle={Handbook of Human Computation},
In this chapter we describe how ant colonies are complex systems capable of computation, and we describe the manner in which ants use local information and behavior to produce robust and adaptive colonies. While there are key differences between ant colonies and collections of human agents, the nascent field of human computation can learn from the myriad strategies that ants have evolved for successful cooperation. The cooperative behaviors of ants reflect not just the particular physiology of… 
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