Evolving robots Netexplo 100 2016

Evolving robots
The Origin of Robot Species

This experiment resulted in a robot “mother” improving the characteristics of her “children” generation after generation. Researchers at Cambridge University, working with ETH Zurich, created a family of robots with a mother equipped with a robotic arm and her offspring - small cubes that move around on their own. Mother robot analyses her children’s movement and adjusts their design to improve their performance. As a result, the second generation moves around faster and more easily than the first, and so on. This is a spectacular example of how robotics can take inspiration from biology to make giant strides.

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