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Kilobots: A Potentially Dangerous Science Project or Benefit to Mankind?


“Kilobots were created by members of the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group led by Radhika Nagpal, the Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. A team that also includes Michael Rubenstein, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS; and Christian Ahler, a fellow of SEAS and the Wyss Institute. They were created to perhaps one day tunnel through rubble to find survivors, monitor the environment and remove contaminants, and self-assemble to form support structures in collapsed buildings.They could also be deployed to autonomously perform construction in dangerous environments, to assist with pollination of crops, or to conduct search and rescue operations.” (http://sciencedaily.com)

Of course, on a miniature level, this new technology socially brings up lofty fears about artificial intelligence going awry as in the movie “The Matrix” starring Keanu Reeves or even “The Day the Earth Stood Still” type technology. People automatically bring up fears of a mad scientists in their lab bringing their world dominating science project to life. Some people would even call up images of government operative ceasing new technologies such as this for nefarious reasons.

I don’t want to scare anyone anymore than I may have already, but “thanks to a technology licensing deal with the K-Team Corporation, a Swiss manufacturer of high-quality mobile robots, researchers and robotics enthusiasts alike can now take command of their own swarm.”(http://sciencedaily.com)

Let’s just hope that they can keep a reign on this type of technology. The average, however, is to take this type of technology as far as it can go. Now, you can think this means militarily or whatever, but what I mean is that it often comes to a point of either too complicated and too expensive useability or it becomes something more than the creators can handle or want to handle. Often, this becomes a high dollar sale to a group or government that may not have the same idea for this technology as its creators.

Look, I’m not saying that we have to worry about being chased down the street by millions of Kilobots who are trying to burrow through our ears and control our minds. I am just saying we have to be careful about how far we leap.

Take a look at these other great science blogs!


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2 thoughts on “Kilobots: A Potentially Dangerous Science Project or Benefit to Mankind?

  1. Hey there! Thanks for the shout-out. Turns out I may have been wrong when I thought that my sciency ramblings would never be read by anyone. πŸ™‚

    Posted by increasingdisorder | December 2, 2011, 5:36 pm

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