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Harvard Researchers Develop Termite-Like Robotic Construction Crew [Video]

•, By Affirunisa Kankudti
 These bots construct structures using 'group intelligence.' Currently, they can build pyramids, buildings and towers using foam bricks, without relying on an external communicator or a foreman to guide them. They can build staircases to climb and add bricks wherever required.
Researchers are hopeful that in the future, these de-centralized bots can help build colonies on other planets.

The autonomous construction crew is developed by engineers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.

According to researchers, the new TERMES system shows that robots can build complex structures without relying on an external commander. This system "requires simple robots that cooperate by modifying their environment."

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Comment by Lola Flores
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Great!  The scientists are aiding and abetting the oligarchs in the destruction of the human race and the return to Feudalism.  It will be interesting to see what happens when robots replace human beings for all labor and 700 billion people around the planet no longer have jobs to buy what they need to sustain themselves.