7. Swarms of Robots
Mini-robots are another big trend we’ll see more of. UC San Diego researchers are developing swarms of robots no bigger than a soccer ball. They can drift with ocean currents to gather information on the micro-mechanisms that support plankton and other tiny marine creatures. They could also guard sensitive areas or provide on-the-spot information about oil spills, plane crashes and other marine emergencies.
Image: National Science Foundation.
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