Watch: Robot that makes its own babies!

In a new scientific innovation, the theory of natural selection generalized by Charles Darwin has now been substantiated in robots.

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2015, 17:15 PM IST
Watch: Robot that makes its own babies!

In a new scientific innovation, the theory of natural selection generalized by Charles Darwin has now been substantiated in robots.

Originating a new “robot species, a "mother" robot built by researchers at the University of Cambridge can design, build, test and meliorate upon her “baby” robots with each consecutive coevals, metamorphosing into a series of better machines.

The team, led by Dr Fumiya Iida of Cambridge's Department of Engineering, built the mother robot, which was further programmed to build another robot. Subsequently, the mother-bot's actions were autonomous.

She built 10 generations of 10 "babies" using plastic cubes with motors within, by conducting a total of five distinct experiments, grossly comprising of 500 independently constructed baby-bots.

The team also established that the mother-bot was not only able to modify the design of the children, she was, in fact, able to pioneer new contours and gait patterns.

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