murmurations

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A really lovely example of complexity and emergence is murmurations of starlings, when you get a huge flock of them in the sky, they manage to stay together as a coherent whole, and these beautiful shapes and patterns form as they fly around with each other, but there's no 'head bird' so to speak, noone choreographing everything. And so that kind of swarming behaviour has been modelled and used in computer graphics in films for example, to make birds or bats or shoals of fish look realistic.

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