Darwin’s Natural Selection Meets Asimov’s Robotic Imagination

Image: Michael Whelan/SeriousWonder
Image: Michael Whelan/SeriousWonder
The evolution of robotics might appear “unnatural” in comparison to the biological means of evolution via natural selection, but this fact is increasingly becoming less so thanks to researchers at the University of Cambridge. Without the aid of human intervention or a computer simulation, a “mother” robot has not only figured out ways of designing, building, and testing “baby” robots, but subsequently learning from her previous tests and builds new and better “baby” robots in response.

By B.J. Murphy|Serious Wonder

“Natural selection is basically reproduction, assessment, reproduction, assessment and so on. That’s essentially what this robot is doing – we can actually watch the improvement and diversification of the species.”

– Dr Fumiya Iida of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering

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