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The word "How?" springs to mind at this point.
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Many animals form swarms or flocks - starlings, bees,
locusts and ants are just a few of the four examples I can
On an apparently unrelated note, it is possible to build
battery-powered ion guns which will spray out either
positive or negative ions, leaving themselves (and
they are attached to) with a net negative or
positive charge, respectively.
What I propose (for reasons which will become apparent in
the fullness of due course*), is to fit each member of a
flock or swarm with such an ion gun. Half the members of
the flock will carry guns of one polarity, half the other.
The result will be a flock (or swarm) consisting of
individuals with two different net charges.
If two individuals of the same charge approach eachother,
they will experience a slight repulsion. But if two
individuals of opposite charge get too close, they will
experience a short, painful zap as the charge sparks
After a learning phase, this should result in entirely new
flock dynamics, designed to minimize the frequency of
||//it is possible to build battery-powered ion guns
||+ before reading. Sounds great.
||- after reading. Sounds terrible.
||I think all the little rubber boots needed to
prevent leakage of the charge could be
||// little rubber boots needed to prevent leakage of
the charge// We'll start with things that fly.
||Ill cancel the herring, then.
||Traffic cones wouldn't need to fly.