Building Robots Like Termites

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In nature, termites build complex structures with amazingly little mental and physiological capabilities. This is what inspired Dr Justin Werfel of Harvard University to create unsupervised, autonomous robots capable of building structures. With lofty longterm goals, and some more manageable applications in sight, the worker-bots display a fascinating ability to carry out tasks.