Could Self-Repairing ‚Star Wars‘ Droid L3-37 Come to Life? Not Quite

Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays L3-37 in „Solo: A Star Wars Story“ Credit: Lucasfilm
Is the newest droid in the „Star Wars“ universe the future of modern robotics?

By Chelsea Gohd |

In the recently released film „Solo: A Star Wars Story,“ the droid L3-37, also known as L3 or Elthree, showcased a unique set of traits among „Star Wars“ robots. The intelligent pilot droid is always changing, improving and repairing itself with found scraps from other bots. L3 is also one of the first bots in the „Star Wars“ franchise to bring feminine programming to a major role.

L3 is a hodgepodge of various droids and astromechs, which are robots typically used for repairs aboard starships in „Star Wars.“ She’s „a bit of a mutt,“ as the film’s creators said, according a new column published yesterday (June 20) in the journal Science Robotics. In this piece, Robin R. Murphy, an artificial intelligence and robotics expert and professor at Texas A&M University, discussed the potential applications of robots like L3 and how close we are to building one. [R2-D2 Gets Real: ‚Star Wars‘ Droids Already Exist]

In the article, Murphy described three main advantages that self-reconfigurable robots would have over traditional machines: They could make themselves more efficient at different tasks; they could be produced more cheaply than robots built for a singular set of tasks, and they could repair themselves and respond to any malfunction.

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