Saturday, April 27, 2013

Virtual Robots ‘Breed’ and Evolve


A computer program that lets virtual robots "breed" and reproduce has resulted in a huge variety of functional designs for real-life robots of the future— and many of them are better than the ones humans could develop.

The resulting virtual robot shop, run, jump and shuffle through a virtual field. They look like demented jellyfish — one looks kind of like a headless horse made of Jell-O. Another looks a bit like an elephant dragging itself by its trunk.

Yet the virtual robots are the result of entirely computer-generated "evolution." The designs were created by the computer, with almost no human input, and could someday result in better designs for robots in the real world, scientists say.

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