01 February 2010

Darwinian Selection Applied To Robot Development

A predator robot, right, faces a prey robot, left.
(Credit: Dario Floreano & Laurent Keller)

A Swiss team has applied Darwinian selection to robot development, producing robots that can walk, cooperate and even hunt each other.

"Just a few hundred generations of selection are sufficient to allow robots to evolve collision-free movement, homing, sophisticated predator versus prey strategies, coadaptation of brains and bodies, cooperation, and even altruism," say the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and University of Lausanne researchers. "In all cases this occurred via selection in robots controlled by a simple neural network, which mutated randomly."
Read more at TG Daily | PLoS

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