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.
Spotted in 2016
By KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
- United Kingdom