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Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites

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William K.
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Swarming robot "droplets"
William K.   3/2/2013 8:13:51 PM
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I am wondering just what sort of repairs such small robots could be called on to do. Strength usually comes with size, and even working in concert, these would still be a collection of "small". An area of far greater concern would be if a "collective intelligence" should become self aware. That could lead to a number of unanticipated outcomes. 

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Cabe Atwell   3/1/2013 6:40:43 PM
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Would these bots just travel around in orbit to fix satellites, or would they be assigned to one, I wonder? What type of propulsion are they planning? Nevertheless, the swarm-tech never fails to impress.

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Ann R. Thryft   3/1/2013 1:00:56 PM
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Greg, that's a good description of why many swarm robot designs are being developed. The concept of robotic swarms is modeled after biological swarming insects.

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Swarming
Greg M. Jung   2/28/2013 8:41:31 PM
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Interesting article.  This concept reminds me of a swarming colony of army ants or cells in the human body all working together to complete a complex coordinated task (that one cell alone cannot do).

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