The hive is a system of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the property of a system that regulates its internal environment and tends to maintain a stable, constant condition of properties like temperature or pH. It can be either an open or closed system.
The models of the Intelligent Beehive are created from iterative processes where ideas are explored through the production of mock-ups. We do material studies, there are manual sketches and computer drawings: they all form an intrinsic part of the research towards the design of an Intelligent beehive.
We have to think about new materials, inspired by nature. We can experiment with a list of raw materials (list without limitation): corn starch, brown sugar, glutinous rice, coconut fibers, hemp, mushroom mycelium, silk, coffee ground, linen, cotton. We can e.g. cut old natural woven carpets with the lasercutter. We can dye raw materials with color extracts from plants as indigo (from the Indigofera tinctoria) or orange from the Calendula officials.
We can make hives out of flexible solar panels, or work with artificial materials issued from synthetic biology.
The hive operates in a state of dynamic equilibrium. No central nervous system is available to the bees: each creature acts independently. It is essential that they have different thresholds, otherwise all behaviour would be all-or-none responses. The result is a graded response, tuned into the needs of the larger entity (the body or the hive), always ready for a quick response. (Animal Architects: building and the evolution of intelligence, James R. Gould)