Sunday, March 12, 2006

Swarms of microrobots with big goals by ZDNet's Roland Piquepaille -- Following a previous EU-funded project which allowed to build several kinds of microrobots in the last three years, another project has already started to deploy "real" swarms of up to 1,000 robot clients. Such robot swarms are expected to perform micro assembly, biological, medical or cleaning tasks.

This is both intriguing and worrisome. On the one hand it means cures for various types of cancer and possibly AIDS, reverse engineering the human body. Real A.I., maybe the secret to eternal youth? On the other hand dangerous biochemical weapons, injected into the biosphere...silent killers that you can't even see. Creepy neh?

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