Deborah Gordon: The emergent genius of ant colonies | 20mins
Director: TED | Producer: TED
Focus Years: 2003 | Country: United States
With a dusty backhoe, a handful of Japanese paint markers and a few students in tow, Deborah Gordon digs up ant colonies in the Arizona desert to understand their complex social system.
Over the course of years spent sucking insects from their nests, color-coding their abdomens with paint pens, and monitoring the movements of individual ants within colonies, Deborah Gordon has made surprising discoveries about the evolution of complex systems.