The future is in the hand of tiny robots, really tiny robots—and the expectation is that they will perform miraculous tasks, such as eye surgery and environmental cleanup. Brad Nelson heads the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zurich, where they focus on creating these nano devices inspired by the biological mechanisms of bacteria such as e. coli and salmonella.

From the ETH Zurich series, The Daily Future conceptually developed for ETH Global by Futurezoo. Aside from editing and motion graphics, all interviews with ETH professors were conducted by Onome Ekeh.

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