Harvard Scientists Create 1000-Robot Swarm

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Like a school of fish or a flock of birds, computer robots can now organize themselves into a formation to achieve a specific goal – all without human involvement. Harvard devised a swarm of self organizing Robots Harvard University researchers devised a “swarm” of 1024 tiny robots that, “like a mechanical flash mob,” can assemble themselves into various shapes without requiring detailed instruction, a Wall Street Journal report noted. To enlighten robots with a kind of “hive intelligence,” Dr. Michael Rubenstein and his research colleagues developed a computer algorithm allowing a very large group of robots to locate each other and…


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Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing the impact of beta market environment on a technical trading strategy. A portfolio and industry consultant, wrote or edited three books including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008) and taught a course at Northwestern University's executive education program.