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Individually ants don’t make much of a difference but a colony of ants can accomplish complex tasks through simple manoeuvres. Studying these systems provides ideas/algorithms for creating complex computer networks. For example, rather than working with one expensive fire-fighting robot, a well-programmed group of cheap fire-fighting robots can get the job done well – this lesson too comes from ant colonies which can afford to lose a few individual ants and yet accomplish the larger goal. Here’s more: