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Swarm intelligence

TECH TALK 31: Swarm robotics – inspired by the biological studies of insect and bird colonies – sees large numbers of single robots deployed together to produce a collective behaviour to solve problems. At the second London RE.WORK technology summit, Julian Blake talked to three experts in swarm robotics – Sabine Hauert from biomedics, Stuart Maggs from architecture and Ashutosh Natraj from drones – about its application in their fields, and the big obstacles to mass adoption.