It’s hard to imagine a world where a building isn’t constructed by man. But are we fast approaching an age where robots could do this task autonomously?
This day could come sooner than expected after a group of scientists and engineers at Harvard University of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have worked in collaboration to create robots which work as a collective unit to build structures.
These so called THERMES robots can carry blocks, create staircases and climb them to add blocks to a structure.
What’s so interesting is how the THERMES robots go about their work. In most construction projects carried out by man a blueprint is followed with a foreman directing and supervising the workforce. But the THERMES robots work in parallel with each other and construct the next part of the structure as it sees it in real-time, just like a termite would do when a termite mound is built, and requires no supervision.
Judging from this video it is a significant step forward in man’s attempts to use robots to shape the world we live in. However, builders can sleep easy for a few more years yet.
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