How are technological advances inspired by swarming animals?

Project Swarm is a website about Swarm Intelligence that I made back when I was 17.

It's an interactive website - start by reading the Abstract, and use the links in the bar across the top of the page to progress from there. You could download a printer-friendly version of the essay, but then you'd be missing out on the videos and my swarm simulation!

The swarm simulation uses HTML5 canvas, so it needs a modern browser to work. Chrome and Firefox are pretty good.

Here's the swarm app that I built:

Click on the image to open, drag the slider to increase the number of boids, and to close click outside the box. Read Chapter 2 to learn more about the app.

The website uses Shadowbox and Disqus. All images used are in the public domain.