It's becoming painfully aware that those involved in robotics and artificial intelligence research aren't quite thinking about the consequences of their so-called innovations. Like these researchers at ETH Zurich who've taught autonomous drones how to build and weave tensile wire structures. Or, to put it another way, DRONE WEBS OF DOOM.
Sure, the artificial intelligence guiding these drones so the wire structures they build are strong and secure is impressive, but that just means they'll be harder to escape from one day. But it's not time to panic just yet; only when Boston Dynamics introduces a Big Spider companion to its Big Dog robot should we start barricading the doors. [ETH Zurich via IEEE Spectrum]