Convergent evidence indicates complex discrimination, optimal choice, environment probing, quorum sensing and cooperation in bacteria. In this article I examine swarm and neural network theory as a means of studying a range of intelligent-plasticity tasks from hunting behaviour in Physarum polycephalum to collective choice in biofilms.
Intelligence results from manipulation of structured symbolic expressions. Oh wait, no. It's from activation of densely interconnected network processes. Oh wait, it's ....
Models of altruistic behaviour in genetic algorithms are a growing area of research. In this article I explore a self-directed swarm amplification model of proto-social behaviour in AI.
Does Penrose and Hameroff's work have relevance to collapse in emergent AI? Short answer: yes.