Tiny swarm bots join together to take over the world

It sounds like something straight from a children’s comic.

But British scientists will today take the first steps in an astonishing project to create the first real-life Transformers – the science fiction robots which can change shape at will.

The £4.6million experiment will attempt to build swarms of tiny robots, each the size of a sugar cube, that move around on their own and connect together to form larger, intelligent machines.

Researchers say the first swarm of autonomous, intelligent, shape-changing robots could be in use within five years.

“They could be used in medicine, in space exploration and in search and rescue missions,” said a spokesman for scientists at the University of the West of England in Bristol and the University of York. (link)

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