Have you ever asked yourself why birds fly in huge numbers in flocks and why each bird keeps the simple rules of flying? More relevant to this post is how they keep communication and trust to keep the flock of birds safe and in harmony while lying?
Have you ever asked yourself how huge numbers of ants communicate to synchronize their movement to form a raft so as not to sink? Watch this short, but amazing video to wonder how ants do this.
Have you ever noticed how trees in a forest alert each other to an incoming predator insect?
Dolphins produce various noises such as whistles, chirps, and clicks in complex patterns with each signal carrying a message.
Animals and trees use signal patterns whether visual, auditory, electrical pulses, touching, and chemical signals to communicate a certain message such as warning signals, finding a food resource, or whatever.
The above examples and more show that it is possible to work synchronize a huge number of agents for the interest of every agent.
The ants form a raft so as not to sink. Survival is the common goal of each ant. To do so ants rely on characteristic signal patterns that all ants abide by. They communicate through these signal patterns with trust and a timely fashion. Imagine the resulting chaos if the ants did not trust the signals they receive. Trust is the glue that keeps them responding to the signals they receive and behave accordingly.
That is to say, behaviors are born out of signals that ripple through with trust and consistency. Each agent is both a receiver and sender of the same signal patterns. Why do humans fail to do the same? To answer this question let me take a case from human behavior.
Do humans communicate the same signal patterns?
I tested this behavior and came to the same conclusion.
I was lecturing to a group of attendees. I asked the first one sitting nearest to where I was standing to discretely communicate a message to the one next to him and then to the next and so on. The message criticized me (the lecturer) being disqualified to do my job.
At the end of the experiment, I asked the last one to voice out the message he received. It was completely distorted from the message that the group started with.
In such a scenario, we may distort the signal with our biases, beliefs and perceptions. We become doubtful of the credibility of the messages we receive and this distortion of signals ending in people failing to work together.
Humans change their beliefs, habits, and perceptions and these affect their lifestyles and generate new signal patterns accordingly. These signals are the early indicators of future trends.
The big question remains- for humanity to work together every individual should reinforce the same signal before sending it out to the nearby person. When we reach this stage, humanity can work together.
How to detect the new signals generated from human behaviors and keep the same signal without distortion are the big questions.
How can we achieve this? Please share your thoughts.