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Sixth form students
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The perfect team should be filled with selfless players all working together under great leadership towards a collective goal, right? Well – maybe not necessarily. Because it turns out that that there are examples from nature where animals – ants, birds and fish – can accomplish spectacular things as a ‘team’ but do so without a leader and just by going about with their own business.
This phenomena – known as emergent behaviour – has been observed in human setups ranging from giant games of pong to Barcelona’s footballing style and has been the subject of much interest by the academic community in recent years.
Dr Hannah Fry from University College London will be talking about how by harnessing what we know about the patterns created by emergence, we could help to improve our society, with everything from crime to healthcare.