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The idea that simple and resource-constrained individuals may cooperate so closely as to solve problems that are beyond the grasp of any single individual stemmed from the work of W.M. Wheeler about the social behavior of ants, only one century ago [1]. Considering that social insects such as ants, bees, and termites have co-existed with us since our apparition about 200 000 years ago, the recency of this idea may come as a surprise; in any case, it certainly pinpoints the counter-intuitive-and fascinating-nature of collective phenomena.

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Mermoud, G. (2014). Introduction. In: Stochastic Reactive Distributed Robotic Systems. Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, vol 93. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02609-1_1

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