Kiobat storms…this is fascinating. Reminds me of “Frogger” or Conway’s Game of Life, but in the real world. The applications for material engineering sound fascinating.
“That is a beautiful accomplishment,” Hod Lipson, a roboticist at Cornell University who was not involved with the work, told Science. “Really getting a thousand robots to perform in sort of perfect synchrony.” (via Collective Robot Behavior | The Scientist Magazine®)