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The robot that BREEDS: ‘Mother’ machine builds and tests ‘children’ models to make each generation better than the last

Roboticists built a 'mother' robot (right) image ww.spy-drones.com

  • Roboticists built a ‘mother’ robot that independently builds ‘child’ models
  • It tests each ‘child’ to see which ones perform best at certain tasks
  • This ‘mother’ then uses the results to inform the design of the next ‘child’
  • Results show that preferential traits are passed down from one generation to the next – similar to how natural selection works in animals
During five experiments, the 'mother' designed, built and tested generations of ten 'children'image www.spy-drones.com

It may sound like the stuff of terrifying dystopian science fiction, but researchers have created robots that breed and evolve without any human interference.

The roboticists built a ‘mother’ machine that independently builds its own ‘children’ and tests which ones perform best at certain tasks.

This ‘mother’ then uses the results to inform the design of the next ‘child’, so that preferential traits are passed down from one gen...

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