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 Replicators anyone?

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Date posted: 21/09/2004

Well, alright, so they don't replicate. The robots created by Zack Butler and colleagues at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, US only exist virtually, thou each is identical to every other, and are capable of combining and separating as necessary to traverse any obstacle.

The robots cannot yet be built by our technology. The algorithms that allow them to analyse the upcoming terrain, separate, maneuvre round it, in a collection of smaller configurations designed for that terrain, and then recombine however, are very, very real.

This technology works regardless of the design of the robot, so long as all robots are identical, can work independently, and can connect to one another to form a larger structure.

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