Robot moving brick

Image: Jennie Hills/Science Museum

February 26, 2014

Researchers from Harvard University have taken inspiration from termites to develop robots that can lift, carry and place bricks according to simple programmed rules. Teams of them could build large, complex structures. 


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July 9, 2014 at 14:32

what if the power went off people wont know what to do for those jobs

andy mccormack age 5

July 9, 2014 at 12:47

no they can't they are to small


July 8, 2014 at 15:55

Would you totally trust a robot ?!


July 8, 2014 at 15:52

You are right but some jobs are too dangerous for people.

jessie b

July 8, 2014 at 11:09

why not? i think it will be a whileoff before robots could be programmed adequately to handle the complexity associted with varying ground conditions or any unpredictable events such as small wall collapses or such.


July 7, 2014 at 15:38

i can live without robots))

Celaena Sardothien

July 7, 2014 at 13:09

I think that it is a very good idea, but can we rely on them to protect us from flooding? i am celaena sardothien...!!!!!!!!


July 6, 2014 at 15:02

i think jobs should be left to people cuz people would get lazy

July 5, 2014 at 16:35

its such a complicate issue it should be treated case per case


July 5, 2014 at 10:38

i think this is pretty cool that we can use the way nature naturaly works to our advantage and we could be more eco friendly by doing this however would this make us become lazy and rely on other objects in our world rather than doing it ourselves. From Harriet Reece 12


July 4, 2014 at 12:16

its a good idea but how far would it actully work, with the amount of flood defences that would be reqired?


July 4, 2014 at 10:21

i agree with this comment becase other wise people would become unheafy and fat

July 3, 2014 at 15:27

I believe robots should not do this humans will lose control


July 3, 2014 at 11:14

i feel that robots were never threat until they became able to exhibit emotional responses.


July 2, 2014 at 14:28

i think it would be good. but it would be lazyness

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