Kilobots were created to mimic the emergent behavior of natural swarms, such as schooling fish, flocking birds, or even bacteria in a petri dish. They are programmed via infrared light with simple commands, but work together to create impressive results. Programming and studying the kilobots helps scientists to understand swarms in nature, and may lead to breakthroughs such as the ability to program our own cells.
Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature? | Deep Look
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Emergent behavior is exhibited by a system of multiple individuals, and hinges on the individuals' relationships and interactions with each other. 00:22
Swarms of kilobots can organize themselves into shapes. 01:13
Writing programs for swarming robots could lead scientists to one day program the cells in the human body. 02:55