Self Organisation and Indian Traffic Jams

This little video from Paul Kedrosky's blog shows that in the right conditions and with the right players "self-organisation" can be the best solution to a group problem.

Indian Traffic

To see the video click on The Hive Mind at Work

If you want to play with PC-based simulations of key self-organising concepts then its worth a visit to the MIT Starlogo site where under the PROJECTS section you can simulate the behaviour of bees, fireflies, slime, termites, rabbits, ants and boids (birdoids).

For more on self-managed and self-organizing groups see

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love this video. i've spent time in mumbai. it's amazing. and usually much more crowded than this, with the same result.

Thanks Kevin - guess the "edge of chaos" is a frightening place to be if you are a passenger!

Self-organizing doesn't always work out so well. In my home town people slow down going through tunnels, for no apparent reason, and in spite of signs reminding them to "maintain speed thru tunnel".

Since the tunnels are along major highways going into the city, this exacerbates rush-hour traffic jams...

The video makes a nice contrast showing how plastic our species is, as my fellow home-time drivers would probably freak out at the kind of situation in the video. :)


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