Oh happy day! I have long wanted to write about my study of swarm algorithms as intellectual scaffolding for ideating about human-computer ecosystems and human societies, and today is the day.

This inquiry is anchored by my algorithm review project SwarmOpt, as I believe this ideation gets juicy when we invest time in understanding how evolutionary computing researchers have permuted swarms to optimize exploration and exploitation of solution spaces. I’ll leave the history lessons to others as to where all these algorithmic traditions come from, and I will also side step discussions of industry applications in service of something far more poetic. How might you dream of your community as a thriving swarm? Your engineering org? Your interspecies holobiont? Let’s play!