Ant study indicates ideal digging methods for autonomous robots

For ants and robots operating in confined spaces such as tunnels, having more workers does not necessarily mean getting more work done. A recent study shows that in fire ant colonies, a small number of workers does most of the digging. When digging nest tunnels, this less busy approach gets the job done without ant traffic jams -- ensuring smooth excavation flow. Researchers found that applying the ant optimization strategy to autonomous robots avoids mechanized clogs and gets the work done with the least amount of energy.

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