The experiment confirmed the ability of large groups of robots interact with each other as well as do social insects, and colonies of bacteria. The development of the most sophisticated robots is not in place. Humanoid mechanisms are able not only to walk, but even run and jump, to play the violin and dance troupe of a couple dozen members. In fact, total dance is a challenge for the engineers (and choreographers): it is necessary to achieve proper synchronization in the actions of all the dancers.
One of the solutions – as in the dance class – consists in choosing the leader of the movement which was immediately picked up by other robots, focusing on him and him only. In practice, however, because of the many unpredictable things in wireless networking, can lead to complete chaos. Signal delay for half a second, happens all the time, while participants did not notice.
So often for this purpose, each robot is programmed for execution of the necessary sequence of movements with the correct intervals, then sinhroniziruete their watches and simultaneously launch. It is more efficient, especially for short periods of time, but also fraught with unpredictability. For example, if one of the robots for something to hold on and slow down one of the movements – or if you just fall – back to the overall rhythm of the action will not have any way.
The perfect solution to this problem proposed recently, researchers from MIT working in the group of Professor Sales-Slatina Jacques (Jean-Jacques Slotine). And the solution is prompted, as usual, by nature. More precisely, a “sense of quorum”, the ability of some microbes and insects to feel the presence of his brother, to assess their number, and even in some way to communicate and coordinate their actions.