Similarly, instead of requiring learning algorithms, a robot with slime mold smarts could figure out where to go based on some simple cues from its feet and protoplasm. The soft body would experience "global physical interaction," according to a paper describing the robot published in the journal Advanced Robotics. Push on a forward-facing part of the blob, and the whole the blob will jiggle in response. It will move in a certain direction according to these cues. "This robot exhibits adaptive locomotion without relying on any hierarchical structure," Umedachi writes.