Ant colonies are rich sources of inspiration for solving complex issues. These small and simple animals form superorganisms. This term is used because the colony possesses more complexity and functionality than is present in each of the individual ants. The sum is truly bigger than the parts.

The networked and decentralized nature of these colonies gives us a glimpse of how we can improve our own solutions to problems that involve large scale transfer of information or goods. Researchers and designers are continuously discovering and applying the potential of structuring the human world a little more like an ant’s world.

Examples of applications include problem-solving algorithms, developing self-assembling robots, designing food systems and much more.