You may scoff but we really have no idea how a 'swarm' of nerve cells communicating in a brain adds up to intelligence, and there is precedent to say that examining macro behaviour can throw light on the micro-opeations within.
So blue sky research into crab swarms, even as seen through a journalist's funfair-distorting lens, is as good a way as any to gather insights into life's mysteries. What's important is good observation, good recording, and good peer publication.
So, examining the behaviour of journalists and their subjects tells us what, exactly?
Researchers have been thinking about such biological computers for some time now. Except for niche applications, such computers have serious issues to do with dependability, generalisability, and scalability.
This is seriously mind boggling. I want to know how they got into a room together and decided that their next project should be building a computer based on soldier crabs. seriously? Have all of the other mysteries of science been solved?
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.