Ant algorithms are already in use in the fields of shipping and business logistics design. They are also being utilised in the development of Swarmbots…
Roland Piquepaille’s Technology Trends reports on an article that emerged in Wired Magazine describing the development and application of Swarmbots.
I am finding the notion of Swarmbots quite chilling actually. Clearly there are positive benefits, as described in said articles, but there are more sinister applications that come to mind should such devices find their way, if not already, into military arsenals world-wide.
Swarmbots gather, link themselves to each other until the task at hand can be accomplished. If an object has to be moved from one place to another Swarmbots will gather and link until there are enough to perform the task.
This behavior is derived from ants and the algorithms that have been formulated to replicate their decentralised self-organisation. It is also described as <a href=”http://www.antoptima.com/aco.html”Ant Colony Optimisation, “… a population-based approach to the solution of combinatorial optimization problems.”
Resistance of any form would be truly futile should one Swarmbot after another link to apprehend or immobolise people and/or vehicles whether they be on the battlefield or the front-lines of a WTO demonstration.
For more info, read The Swarmbots Are Coming and make up your own mind, are Swarmbots for good, or…?