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A Swarm of Ant-Sized Robots, at Your Service

While the robots imagined in science fiction novels have often looked like humans, today’s robotic armies are emerging in all shapes and sizes.
Take the little army of bots made by SRI International, called “Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots,” that are designed to build small things on small scales. They look like a swarm of ants, and they can be controlled by a central computer.
The bots are incredibly fast for their size, able to move at 35 centimeters a second, according to a

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