Tiny Robots Mimic Termites' Ability to Build without a Leader

Elizabeth Gibney, Michael Geist, Feb 17, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've written about self-organizing systems quite a bit in these pages over the years. So it's not surprising to me to see that someone has built robots that construct a building using these principles. The robots work completely autonomously, and following simple rules, build a building. They perform well in changing conditions. "Independently acting robots make for a robust system, he adds. “If some got swept away by the flood, the others wouldn’t have to change what they’re doing."

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