Evolution 1, Supercomputers 0 – Farnam Street

In a new study, researchers report that bumblebees were able to figure out the most efficient routes among several computer-controlled “flowers,” quickly solving a complex problem that even stumps supercomputers. We already know bees are pretty good at facial recognition, and researchers have shown they can also be effective air-quality monitors.

The traveling salesman problem is a problem in computer science; it involves finding the shortest possible route between cities, visiting each city only once. Bees are the first animals to figure this out, according to Queen Mary University of London researchers.

The reason: supercomputers do not have sufficient inputs as bees do, such as angles of sunlight, smelling, and the like. This is a classic example where reality wins over artificial intelligence. It’s not that computers cannot beat bees but because missing info

via Evolution 1, Supercomputers 0 – Farnam Street.

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