August 15, 2014 | Pippa

The term 'swarm of robots' puts me on edge. Maybe I watch too much sci-fi, but it doesn't sound like it will end well.

A team of scientists from Harvard University have created a swarm of 1024 robots that can work together to create shapes.

It's a big leap in robot technology. But I don't think we need to worry about them just yet. It takes them 12 hours to work together to form a shape and if a table doesn't have edges they'll fall off it - for now...

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The robots talk to each other through infrared lights.

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Image: M Rubenstein/Harvard University

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