From robots that eat and shrink to invincible soldiers and smart drones, advanced science projects will alter our universe. We look at 12 of the best.
Harvard researchers in the US recently got a $10m grant to create a colony of flying robotic bees, or RoboBees to among other things, spur innovation in ultra-low-power computing and electronic ‘smart' sensors; and refine coordination algorithms to manage multiple, independent machines.
The five-year, US National Science Foundation-funded RoboBee project could lead to a better understanding of how to artificially mimic the unique collective behaviour and intelligence of a bee colony among other cool stuff, according to the Harvard RoboBee website.
Researchers are looking to develop an intelligent image system that can monitor large areas, perhaps miles wide, identify potential threats based on the correlation of events and anomalies it detects, and issue timely alerts with few false alarms.
Such a surveillance system is at the heart of what researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency call a Persistent Stare Exploitation and Analysis System (PerSEAS) that can automatically and interactively discover intelligence from optical or infra-red devices in the air on drones, for example, or spread over urban, suburban, and rural environments.
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