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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Self-Organizing Systems

The Termes Project
Biological systems, from multicellular organisms to social insects ("superorganisms"), get tremendous mileage from the cooperation of vast numbers of cheap, unreliable, and limited individuals. As we build embedded systems with similar characteristics --- modular robots, robot swarms, sensor networks, programmable materials --- can we achieve the kind of complexity and reliability that nature achieves?

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