What Can A Thousand Swarming Robots Teach us About Nature?

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Have you ever seen a school of fish swimming or a large flock of birds flying and wondered how they act in unison so gracefully?

This fascinating process is called emergent behavior, and scientists at Harvard are using tiny swarming robots to study this remarkable natural phenomenon.

Image: School of fish circling
Source: Gabriel Kronisch // Flickr

Swarming robots can give us a lot of insight into some of the curious ways things from cells to lightening bugs interact in unison without a clear form of communication.

Here’s the incredible YouTube Chanel Deep Look to introduce us to these remarkable robots.

Via: Deep Look 1

Think of the endless possibility these robots unlock!

In helping us learn about the natural world, they give us infinite inspiration for innovation across fields and disciplines.

The Kilobot is an amazing tool for experimentation and discovery. Imagine if we brought this kind of technology into schools and used it to explore, first-hand, some of nature’s most fascinating phenomena. Better yet, what would happen if students were given the opportunity to experiment and create with the robots? What ideas would they come up with?

Nature can be our greatest source of inspiration. The more we learn about the incredible ways it works from the very smallest organisms to the largest ecosystems, the more we arm ourselves with knowledge that can inform better decisions but spur on more creative innovation.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing

-Liesl

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