These cute little drones will likely someday kill us all.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Distributed Flight Array, a group of robots programmed to seek each other out, link up, and then take to the skies all without any human interaction.  I don’t know if I see “Skynet” emblazoned on the side, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was there in really fine print:

These little buggers are quite ingenious. They use accelerometers and tilt sensors like you’ve got in your run-of-the-mill smartphone to keep themselves level and linked up, communicate through IR, and stick together with the use of magnets.  Right now they’re simply programmed to reach a certain altitude, shut off and tumble to the ground and then reassemble in a random pattern, but I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before they’re weaponized and given enough autonomy to decide that humanity is a threat and needs to be wiped out.

Hexagonal faces of death.

Self-assembling swarm robot. We’re fucked.


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