Boffins at the Georgia Robotics and InTelligent Systems lab have taught roving robots to play Beethoven.
Beethoven's 'Für Elise' has been given a new spin thanks to scientists at the Georgia Robotics and InTelligent Systems lab (otherwise known as 'Grits'). Using a team of swarm robots, they've managed to give the piano classic a fresh interpretation using artificial intelligence.
The robots are given a set of instructions that mean they have to reach a certain location at a certain time, with each location relating to a certain note that sounds on their arrival. Shortest routes to each robot's destination are calculated on-board.
As you can see in the video below, their interpretation is a rather melancholy and maudlin one. So a bit more 'Robotica' than 'Eroica', but we think there's real potential there…
According to Engadget , other incarnations of the swarm robots are also being used to pioneer modern warfare techniques. We prefer these rather more peaceful specimens, obviously.