Skip to main content

MIT Is Building Self Assembling Robots, Because Science Loves Tempting Fate [Video]

It looks like adorable stop motion animation until you realize it's actually happening.

Want a glimpse at what your final moments on this planet will look like? In this video, MIT News proudly shows off MIT’s new, tiny, colorful death machines — um, I mean robots. Self assembling, move-under-their-own-power, hurl-themselves-through-the-air robots.

For now, the robots are being controlled by wireless signals that tell them what shapes to form. For now. Eventually, MIT’s researchers plan to allow the robots to assemble themselves into whatever structures are necessary for their robot tasks.

We can only imagine those tasks include shooting lasers and enslaving humanity. For real, it’s like scientists only watch the beginning of sci-fi movies and stop before things go bad.

(via MITNewsOffice)

Meanwhile in related links

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under:

Follow The Mary Sue:

Dan Van Winkle (he) is an editor and manager who has been working in digital media since 2013, first at now-defunct Geekosystem (RIP), and then at The Mary Sue starting in 2014, specializing in gaming, science, and technology. Outside of his professional experience, he has been active in video game modding and development as a hobby for many years. He lives in North Carolina with Lisa Brown (his wife) and Liz Lemon (their dog), both of whom are the best, and you will regret challenging him at Smash Bros.