[NetBehaviour] US robot builds copies of itself

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun May 15 16:27:15 CEST 2005


*US robot builds copies of itself*
By Roland Pease
BBC science correspondent

US researchers have devised a simple robot that can make copies of 
itself from spare parts.

Writing in Nature, the robot's creators say their experiment shows the 
ability to reproduce is not unique to biology. Their long-term plan is 
to design robots made from hundreds or thousands of identical basic 
modules. These could repair themselves if parts fail, reconfigure 
themselves to better perform the task they have been set, or even to 
make extra helpers. So far, the robots, if they can be called that, 
consist of just three or four mobile cubes.

Each unit comes with a small computer code carrying a blueprint for the 
layout of the robot, electrical contacts to let it communicate with its 
neighbours, and magnets to let them stick together.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4538547.stm
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