These Robots Can Merge and Split Their Brains to Form New Modular Bots

Credit: Mathews/Christensen/O'Grady/Mondada/DorigoA group of small robots have taken teamwork to the next level, physically connecting and merging their nervous systems to become a single megabot with one “brain.” Researchers describe the robots and their “mergeable nervous system” in a paper published in the latest issue of Nature Communications. The technology allows for an entirely new class robots that’s as robust as a single robot with a central processing unit, but as adaptable as a group of self-assembling machines. “The mergeable nervous system is kind of a ‘middle ware’ that allows of group of robots to coordinate in an efficient way without losing the benefits of self-organization,” co-author Marco Dorigo told Seeker. Dorigo, a research director for the Belgian Funds for Scientific Research and a co-director of IRIDIA, the artificial intelligence lab of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and his colleagues envision a future beyond robots that perform a specific fun

These Robots Can Merge and Split Their Brains to Form New Modular Bots

Researchers are developing splittable, mergeable nervous systems for truly modular robots

Tue 19 Sep 17 from IEEE Spectrum

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Modular robot swarms with mergeable nervous systems can autonomously combine and separate themselves to form bodies of different shapes and sizes.

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Wed 13 Sep 17 from Livescience

Researchers create robots that can team up when they touch

To make robots cooperate with each other and work together, you have a couple of options. The first is to program them to work with information from their surroundings, with which individual ...

Wed 13 Sep 17 from Engadget

Modular, self-healing robot swarms are definitely a great idea

 Robots are going to have to work together if they want to destroy us, their soft, fallible masters. But the current paradigm of having a Skynet-like (or rather, Zerglike) overmind control ...

Tue 12 Sep 17 from TechCrunch

AI -- Engineering: merging, morphing, mobile robots

Researchers have developed self-reconfiguring modular robots that can merge, split and even self-heal while retaining full sensorimotor control. The work may take us closer to producing robots ...

Tue 12 Sep 17 from ScienceDaily

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