They are here!
That intelligent swarm of bots, that weird thing at the end the the Matrix movies, that autonomous hive mind I have been talking about for the past decade, that Prey of Michael Crichton's novel, those ten thousand buzzing military dust bots in your nightmares.
The prototypes are visible in this video. Next up for the researchers is using 40 quadrocopters to self assemble a 6 meter tower of foam, just to prove to everyone, in case it is still not clear, that swarm bots are now swarming.
I could be deluded, but I find these swarms utterly beautiful. Imagine a flock of a thousand. They would out-wow those swarming starlings. Fast Transitions of a Quadrocopter Fleet Using Convex Optimization