The future of science may only need to look at nature, as Harvard engineers develop small robots that mimic termites. The project was unveiled at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The robots were 8 inches long and performed simple construction duties like putting down a brick, turning around or climbing. The robots were able to access their tasks, by working together and seeing what else needs to be done, like the insects.
But why would these mini robots act like termites?
Termites as insects are extremely intelligent; they take cues from one another, work as a team, and can build complicated mounds of soil, complete with tunnels and chambers. Some scientists even believe that termites have been able to create their own air conditioning in these formations that are more complicated than we think.
This technology could be used to build and re-build constructions in dangerous areas. These robots could be sent to earthquake prone regions, to build homes, and repair damage. Humans may no longer need to risk their lives building in dangerous situations.
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