The most primitive robots in schools are capable of unusually complex behavior
A lot of insects have a kind of collective intelligence. So, each individual worker ant performs several simple functions, (for example, tracing pheromone trails and collecting food), but as a result, the ant colony is able to build spacious anthills and reasonably respond to external threats.
A group of French researchers from the University of Bordeaux has created a simple version of the collective mind in the midst of tiny insect robots capable of not only moving forward, but also acting as part of a group, maneuvering to overcome obstacles.
The robots in question are only about 2.5 cm in length. Separately, they can only one thing – to move strictly forward at a speed of 30 cm per second. However, when scientists gathered together dozens of robots, something interesting happened to them.
The researchers placed several of them inside a light mobile ring, and although the robots could not go beyond its boundaries, they could move it. Scientists had expected the ring to move randomly through random robot movements. But it turned out that they began to coordinate the movement of the ring in a certain direction.
Thus, scientists managed to find a method of organizing robots, allowing them, like some insects, to act as part of the community. In the future, this will help create new types of devices, for example, nanobots to combat illnesses within our body.
Video, reflecting the dynamics of the behavior of robots from the University of Bordeaux, you can see on the study page .