Our dear Slime Mould!
Here is an other example of the use of Slime Mould in transportation design in the US.
I think the videos do most of the explaining. Slime mould, as we know, scouts for food sources by growing tendrils. Once
it's created a spider web-like network of tendrils, the mold maintains
and strengthens whichever tendrils take the most direct or efficient
paths to the food and withdraws the rest. So, how does this relate to
the greening of America's transportation? Well, researchers in the UK
have already used the slime mold to create living maps of local roads
and railways. We also have the example during the week 2 lecture of Tokyo's subway design. What they found is that, without help from the
researchers, the slime molds mimicked a good part of the actual road
systems in the country.
So, in the future, maybe, slime molds combined with computer models
could help make new transportation networks more efficient, easing
Let's take a look at some amazing simulations about this: here are the links