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One of hardest things about creating vast networks of devices is getting them all to communicate effectively. It turns out that fly brains may hold the solution.Fruit flies have a highly efficient nervous system. To process the data coming in from thousands of tiny sensory hairs that provide their view of the outside world, these flies have developed a uniquely efficient way of sorting out which nerve cells need to communicate where.
Current models for computer networks are relatively fast, but require all the parts of the network to know how they're connected to each other. The fruit fly's method, on the other hand, doesn't.
The way things work currently with computers, is that each cell decides if it's a leader or not based on how many connections it has, and then all other nodes connected to it take themselves out of the running to be a leader. This continues with fewer and fewer connections required to become a leader, until everything is joined.
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