Robot Builders with Bugs for Brains

17:12 minutes

How do you program a robot to build without a blueprint? Termites can do it, so why not learn from them? Biologist Scott Turner and roboticist Justin Werfel team up to explain what robots can learn from the independent insect, and what these swarms of construction robots might be used for.

See the robots in action in the video below:

Segment Guests

Justin Werfel

Justin Werfel is a roboticist at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

J. Scott Turner

J. Scott Turner is a biology professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.

Meet the Producers

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.

About Sam Flatow

Sam Flatow is a former production assistant for Science Friday.