Robot termites build complex structures with amazingly simple rules

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 03:30 in Biology & Nature

Imagine a team of workers that can tirelessly build and rebuild complicated structures even under daunting and dangerous conditions. They exist – they’re called termites. Now, inspired by these mound-building insects, Harvard University scientists have created a mini-swarm of surprisingly simpleminded robots that can work together to construct buildings much larger than themselves.

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