Robots could assemble themselves into ARMIES: New material could lead to swarms of machines that act as a single-minded unit

A new material has been created that can self-assemble into a swarm, acting as a single-minded unit.

The material, which is made up of a set up spheres, is able to automatically arrange into a pattern when exposed to an electric field.

In the future, this could be used to create armies of robots that act as a relentless, single-minded unit.

  • Clink9

    Sounds like liberals. Swarming and single minded.

    • Sounds like jihadis.

      • WalterBannon

        same thing

        • Clausewitz

          Beat me to it.

  • simus1

    I, for one, welcome our new marxist disciple, self programmed, peace loving,
    non muslim, robotic overlord cadres.

  • Editor

    I’m always a little skeptical about these “robots will kill us/take our jobs” stories, especially when put forth by futurists. I remember in the ’70s, being told to find a hobby because we were heading towards the leisure society. Computers and robots were going to be so efficient as to make us almost obsolete. Over the course of my 40 year career since then, I have seen the number of robots and computers grow exponentially but my work week has also gone from 40 to 60 hours. And my Roomba still falls down the stairs. I don’t doubt robots will take a larger and larger role in some areas like manufacturing, mining or farming but looking at the annual Darpa Robotics Challenge, I’m not as worried as some commentators that the Cyberdyne T-800 is about to get me.

    • Clausewitz

      Still waiting for my flying car. Damned Jetsons.

  • Exile1981

    Anyone else remember the replicator robots from Star Gate?

  • terrence22

    I am sure that all these robots will start DEMANDING $15 an hour salaries – they MUST have a living wage….