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Engineers Show Simplicity Is Key To Co-operative Robots

Engineers Show Simplicity Is Key To Co-operative Robots

[ Watch The Video: Robots Working Together Without Memory Or Processing Power ] University of Sheffield A way of making hundreds - or even thousands - of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing...

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