Like Sands Through The Hourglass, So Are The Days Of Our Evil Robot Lives...


Here is a gritty tip from our ERN Pelham Bay correspondent, Snackwrap, who rarely misses a beat, or a Snackwrap for that matter. This concerns the highly suspicious development of a self-organizing "sand" made of cooperative robot "grains", which it seems will get very deep indeed into the folds of your swimwear before long.

It is an aspect of Evil Robotics that we regularly explore. That being the idea that, at this point, we operate under "the buddy system" of Evil Robotics. Every Evil Robot that is constructed currently, to the best of our knowledge, [ERN - Though we suspect much goes on beyond the scope of our extant knowledge] must currently have an Evil Robot "midwife", to birth its horrors into the world; a craven nanny, to shepard it toward its eventual human-consuming effectiveness.

Well, those halcyon days are clearly numbered, and soon, no sandbox, no beach, no portion of the floors of the world's myriad oceans and seas, will be free of the grainy scourge of self-replicating machines. We can, of course, thank one of the most capable arms of The Legion of Evil Robot Profundity (LERP) at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), for this new dimension in the coming disaster.

What new forms will they take, what nascent wonders will they extol? Well, be certain that they will eventually become what you would least like to see around you, and your kids. Keen your edge!

Dainty cubes of awful forebodingDainty cubes of awful foreboding

"MIT robotics researchers say such a magical sandbox could be no more than a decade away. A team from the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory says they've developed algorithms that could enable "smart sand" - essentially miniscule, simple robots that would communicate with each other about how to align together properly once they've been given a model to copy.

The team has already done limited testing with larger cubes - 10 millimeters wide with rudimentary microprocessors inside and magnets on four of their sides. The "robot pebble's" magnets are used not just to connect, but to communicate with each other and share power.
"The 'robot pebbles' are not going to turn into true 'smart sand' overnight - but it will happen ...," said Kyle Gilpin, a graduate student working on the project."

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