From the post:
The ever amazing slime mold is not the only way to solve complex compute problems without performing calculations. There is another: soap film. Unfortunately for soap film it isn’t nearly as photogenic as slime mold, all we get are boring looking pictures, but the underlying idea is still fascinating and ten times less spooky.
As a quick introduction we’ll lean on Long Ouyang, who has really straightforward explanation of how soap film works in Approaching P=NP: Can Soap Bubbles Solve The Steiner Tree Problem In Polynomial.
And no, this isn’t what I am writing about on Hadoop for next Monday.
I point this out partially for humor.
But considering unconventional computational methods may give you ideas about more conventional things to try.