NPR : Robots Infiltrate, Influence Cockroach Groups

November 19th, 2007

NPR : Robots Infiltrate, Influence Cockroach Groups

When they put these robots in with the living roaches, they all began to interact. Before long, the robots and cockroaches were huddled together under the same roof. “The robots and the cockroaches behave as a group,” Halloy said.

So then the scientists decided to reprogram the robots and change one of their rules. “We change their preference for darkness,” Halloy said. “We make the robots prefer lighter places than darker ones.”

Cockroaches and robotic roaches rest under a shelter.A cockroach and a boxy robot coated with cockroach scent.

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