My story involves a sapient swarm intelligence, which I've detailed in a previous question here. I'd like to ask an additional couple questions that are related but different from my original post:
- Humans are very good at solving single problems at a time. We can only really think about one thing at a time, though sometimes we can switch between focuses quickly. A swarm intelligence would likely be much better at multitasking, and could potentially focus its mind on many "trains of thought" at once. How would this shape its mental capabilities, and how might those capabilities contrast with those of humans'?
- If the swarms intelligence is derived by the interactions between insects, would its thoughts and mental processes occur more slowly than a human's, since information would propagate more slowly between insects than between neurons? If communication between an intelligence and humans is possible, would then communication take place more slowly and with more delays than two humans would expect when conversing with each other? For example, would a human need to ask a question and then wait a few minutes for the swarm intelligence to process the question and reply?