Robots, Evolution and Emotions
Can a robot evolve? Or is it chained to the insides of a program?
Names like Incher, Jitter and Wings, hit that the robots may not be simply ordinary robots. The Cornell Creative Machines Lab has designed a program within which simulated robots “build” themselves out of cubes of virtual muscles and bones. They provided the computer program with different materials and one rule. The materials resembled the basic components of our own bodies: bone, soft tissue and a couple of muscle. These flexible robots have developed unique gaits.
The rule is simple:
- Robots that move faster get to reproduce more.
Over the course of 1,000 generations, you can see some amazing figures that flap and jump at various speeds.
So what is the point with making a programme like this? Well, the output from the programme was compared to scientists who were asked to design a better robot from scratch using the…
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