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ROBOTS WILL SWARM

Some day, drones won't just take orders. They'll decide do things on their own.Military scientists have long theorized that for unmanned vehicles to reach this potential, the robots will have to be equipped with a kind of insect-like swarming intelligence.Now, in what appears to be the largest test so far of this idea, 120 military robots will be equipped with swarm intelligence software, New Scientist reports. The program will help the machines through basic tasks of navigation and reconnaissance -- simple stuff, really. But it could be a step on the road to something much bigger.

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