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Swarm Intelligence

Hive mind thinking can conglomerate and amplify intelligence. Bees, ants, and other groups of animals create a higher collective wisdom than any individual contributor exhibits. Cloud technology enables correlation that mimics self organizing organic swarms. Artificial swarm intelligence offers an opportunity to create super intelligence based on humans. New hope for humans in an A.I. […]

Future Fighting Using Swarms

Primitive military history shows the primary conflict tactic was unfocused and chaotic melee where each individual fighter operated on their own and engaged other individuals adjacent to them, and when that one on one engagement was completed, sought out another adjacent enemy to engage. Little or no command and control functions existed. There was often […]

White Dwarf Dyson Sphere

In 1959, physicist and astronomer, Freeman Dyson, published a paper called, “Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infrared Radiation”. The paper described a way to maximize utilization of energy from a star by surrounding it with a network of solar energy collectors arranged in a spherical configuration. In popular fiction, this idea has often been […]

Printable Bots

Printing small cheap bots that can perform tasks that humans perform routinely everyday is becoming more practical. A small bot may not have enough strength to move a large object, but a swarm of small bots can move a large pile of small objects, one object at a time. Print the bots from plastic sheets […]

Smart Sand Replicator

Until we invent a replicator that works by using an energy beam to transport molecular material, we have to make copies the old fashioned way – using solid materials. MIT is working on the mathematics required to make copies of objects using a smart sandbox. Self-sculpting sand – [mit.edu] New algorithms could enable heaps of […]

Nano Quadrotor Swarm

The GRASP (robotics and automation) lab at Univ Penn is doing some fascinating work with swarms of small flying quadrotors. A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors – [youtube.com] VIDEO Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Professor Daniel Lee for […]

Microbot Swarms

Swarms of small robotic devices can be used to collect sensory data, gather samples, map terrains, and assemble and construct objects. The qualities of a swarm of small objects make these tasks applicable in a variety of forms. They may be used to perform medical diagnostics inside a body or explore objects in space. Ant-Sized […]

Self-Assembling Swarms of Microrobots

Using an electrical signal to tell a swarm of microrobots to self-assemble into a desired structure has been demonstrated by researchers. The “artificial ant” won’t be far behind. Herding Swarms of Microrobots – [technologyreview.com] Imagine a swarm of microrobots—tiny devices a few hair widths across—swimming through your blood vessels and repairing damage, or zipping around […]

Tiny Sprite Spacecraft

Tiny spacecraft, known as “sprites” contain microchips and have the ability to supply power, communications and even propulsion. Three prototypes of these postage stamp sized spacecraft will be sent up to the space station for testing on the next shuttle flight. Eventually, the hope is to test the usability of releasing a large cloud of […]

Mote Net Computing

Mote Net Computing (MNC) was developed out of swarm technology. As self organizing swarm-nets of motes became more available, they started being used for background computational purposes. Each mote generally has a low level of computational power, but because there are so many of them, as the net becomes large, the power also scales well. […]