This Robot Arm Can Build Its Own Robots and Redesign Them To Be Better

Welp, the machines have gone and reproduced. Dr. Fumiya Iida of the University of Cambridge has developed a robot that can design smaller, moving robots and improve on those designs in their future generations. On the matter of whether or not this creation will usher in the robot apocalypse, Iida and team write, with a degree of certainty somewhere shy of absolute: “We believe not.” Today the scientists published a blog post outlining their research into mother-and-child robotics. The project saw the development of a robotic arm that can assemble in various arrangements small cubes with motors inside, creating “children” robots that can scoot around an environment. The “mother” robot autonomously learns which cube configurations perform best at getting around, then builds further generations of robots by incorporating that information…


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