Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Unnatural Selection: Robots Start To Evolve

Photo: A robot with a brain that grows as its body develops could lead to more versatile humanoid robots and prosthetics (Image: Robert Gordon University)

From New Scientist:

LIVING creatures took millions of years to evolve from amphibians to four-legged mammals - with larger, more complex brains to match. Now an evolving robot has performed a similar trick in hours, thanks to a software "brain" that automatically grows in size and complexity as its physical body develops.

Existing robots cannot usually cope with physical changes - the addition of a sensor or new type of limb, say - without a complete redesign of their control software, which can be time-consuming and expensive.

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