Bridge Building Robots Programmed to be like Army Ants

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Are today’s engineers and scientists really relying on Army ants for direction on how to program bridge-building robots of the future? It turns out Army ants are so good at balancing the cost-benefit trade-off of building living bridges that observing them can teach humans about collective intelligence. Army ants are known for building “body bridges” that they can collectively dismantle and rebuild within seconds, allowing them to travel great distances.

Read the full article and watch the ants in action here.

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