Boffins create robotic ants

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SCIENTISTS in Sheffield have developed a swarm of robot ants which they say could provide new opportunities for humans to harness the power of machines.

Researchers in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics – jointly established by Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University – have been working to program a group of 40 robots, and say the ability to control robot swarms could prove hugely beneficial in a range of contexts, from military to medical research.

The researchers have demonstrated the swarm can carry out simple fetching and carrying tasks, by grouping around an object and working together to push it across a surface.

The robots can also group themselves together into a single cluster and organise themselves.

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