The new breed of robot can design, build and test its own “children”

You would struggle to say that the University of Cambridge’s replicating robot is especially good at walking. In fact, as it flollops around in circles on a table in the engineering department, you could make the case that it is quite bad. That is not really the point. The fact is that it is better at walking than the robot that made it, and worse than the robot it will produce. Because this one not only reproduces, it also evolves, and in doing so it finds itself flolloping into an academic debate that is about far more than making better


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