New style of robotics that use very small amounts of power and can do almost anything...anything that they can be configured to do that is - in a very small and very cheap way.
Looks like those lunar/mars 3D structure building machines might be nearer to our lifetime than imagined. Imagine a few space capsules of these self
forming, low power, robots landing on a surface of a foreign planet and coming together to make habitats for human settlers. A few solar cells - maybe
a few nuclear solar battery thigies - the machines will be able to build a settlement in no time.
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