Via BBC News:
“John Romanishin, one of the research scientists at CSAIL leading the project, said: ‘We want hundreds of cubes, scattered randomly across the floor, to be able to identify each other, coalesce, and autonomously transform into a chair, or a ladder, or a desk, on demand.'”
Researchers are hoping the blocks could someday be used to perform temporary repairs to bridges, buildings, and other structures. Let’s hope they don’t gain self-awareness.