However, the AI in my game is very hive-like; multiple drones share the same knowledge and desires. What a particular drone can do is unimportant, as each can do any task. Instead, it's a question of which drone would be the best choice for a particular task, given the list of tasks to be done.
For example: The AI decides it wants a particular resource type gathered. Different resource types are available at various locations across the map. Which drone should it send to gather the resource? All are capable, but some might be further away from the resource. Some might already be gathering a different resource. Some might be performing tasks that the player is actively waiting on, or that strongly affect the player's success.
To decide, the AI would need to evaluate various factors and continually re-evaluate as the game progresses, without stepping on it's own toes and continually reassigning jobs to the same drones.
Is there a field of AI suited to this sort of task distribution that I can look into?