… and that sounds like a good thing.
Insectlike ‘microids’ might walk, run, work in colonies Physorg.com, Jan. 27, 2010
Insectlike “microids” — robots the size of ants that move their tiny legs and mandibles using solid-state “muscles” — have been modeled by Jason Clark, an assistant professor of electrical, computer and mechanical engineering at Purdue University.
The microids could have significantly better dexterity than previous microscale robots, while having the ability to “scavenge vibrational energy” from the environment to recharge their power supply.
He also envisions the possibility of thousands of microids working in unison and communicating with each other to perform a complex task.