SAILS: Self-Assembling Itelligent Lighter-Than-Air Structures
This just in from the ever-vigilant Yuri Gitman comes word of The Mascarillons. They are...well...they are this:
"The Mascarillons are the first rigid aerobots developed for the [ SAILS ] project. They are flying cubic automata able to develop collective behaviors and assemblages through swarm-intelligence protocols."
Either this is the coolest thing ever, or expect a visitor from the future attempting to destroy the project before it learns enough to take over. I've a parallel interest in these structures, stemming from another source, and so I was interested to check out the origins section, combining nerdy technical ideas and architectural fantasia.
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