For many people, the news of the appearance of new, more sophisticated robots are often cause for concern. After all, who among us has not watched “Terminator” or did not read about the uprising of machines in science fiction? Today, scientists at Cambridge University gave another reason to be nervous. They managed to create a robot that can reproduce.
A team of scientists said the development of the “mother” of the robot, which without human glues robots of new generation, “children”, evaluates their performance and uses this information to create the next generation better. Actually, the process is analogous to natural selection in nature.
“Mom” -robot Fielded programmed to perform just one task: it must be constructed from small plastic cubes with a motor robots capable of moving around. In a series of experiments, she created a new generation of “children”, using information obtained during the work on the previous generation. As a result, the most successful features of the flow from one generation to another, resulting in the most “capable of” second-generation robot to cope with the task twice as fast as the best representative of the first generation.
Fumiya Iida, head of the team of scientists, explains: “In fact, natural selection – is breeding, evaluation, breeding, evaluation and so on. That’s what a robot, and is engaged in, and we can observe the improvement of the species and the emergence of diversity.”
The researchers also noticed that the “mother” was able to invent new forms and methods of movement that a person could not have come up. “One of the greatest mysteries of biology – the origin of the mind. We will examine it with the robot” – commented Dr. Iida. He explains that people are accustomed to the fact that the robots perform repetitive tasks that they are designed for mass production. His team also wants to see a robot that can create.