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Robot Swarms: Incredible Potential for Both Good and Bad

By Dick Weisinger

A robot swarm is a collection of similar robots where each is autonomous but also able to coordinate their movement and activities with the entire group. Typically a single robot in the swarm will be equipped with environment sensors like cameras and radar.

Recent experiments with robot swarms incorporate AI algorithms that enable them to be adaptable, decentralized, self-organizing, and to change their motion and actions in response to their environment. Research at the Harvard Wyss Institute has coined the name ‘kilobots‘, or one thousand (ie. many) robots swarming and interacting together.

Possible uses (both good and bad) of robot swarms include:

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