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Networked robots will build tomorrow's world

• Terrence Aym
In a leap bridging today's construction with that of the world of tomorrow, Daniel Mellinger, a University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. candidate, has created a stunning network of jaw-dropping aerial robots he calls "quadrotors" that can assemble structures with warp speed. Watching the video demonstration, it's easy to envision a bustling, futuristic city of tomorrow where brilliant urban planners and innovative cyber-architects download streams of intricate data into armies of flying construction bots that immediately take flight and then descend upon a chosen work site to feverishly assemble a towering skyscraper, a mammoth sports complex or sprawling shopping mall—all with the single-minded purpose and accuracy of devoted worker bees building a new hive.

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