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Holy Crap: This MIT Robot Might One Day Weave A Building

It’s not eight-legged (yet), but the Mediated Matter Group from MIT Media Lab is training a robot to weave web-like architecture, similar to the way a silkworm creates cocoons or a giant, metal black widow spider will capture humans for sport. It’s called CNSILK (Computer Numerically Controlled Silk Cocoon Construction). The implications of the technology are genuinely exciting.
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Genres / Sci Fi : io9 (last year)

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