THE PROGRESS of a revolution in robotics that could lead to the development of "digital matter" is being hampered by a lack of available funding, according to British inventor, Joe Michael.

Three-dimensional objects that can be morphed into any shape and perform an infinite number of tasks at the bequest of their masters may sound like Hollywood-style fantasy. But digital matter in the form of programmable robotic "bricks" that interact and move against each other to take on any form is the real-life invention of ...

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