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Controllably Morphable

Cosmic Variance
By Sean Carroll
Dec 10, 2009 8:11 PMNov 20, 2019 3:59 AM


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We occasionally joke about the looming robot menace, but seriously. Discoblog has picked out the Niftiest Robots of 2009, but "Scariest" would have been an equally appropriate appellation. Yes, there is a robot that crawls around inside your colon, not to mention a Japanese emobot, but the one I would least like to meet in a dark alley is Chembot. It's a blob-shaped thing that uses jamming in granular materials to make a robot that can alter its shape. Still pretty primitive, but you can see where we're headed here. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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