Robots: The Larval Forms

Better to crawl before you walk. Even if you’re a robot.

At the University of Vermont, the robots are learning about their bodies. Bot-tots who come online flat on the floor like babies and then gradually find upright positions, learned how to walk many times faster than their pre-positioned counterparts. Turns out learning in small steps — how to crawl before standing before walking — makes for a better adapted robot in the real world. So if you’re giddy for a future robo-maid, start preparing the nursery since it may have to be “raised” before it can bring you breakfast in bed.

Robot (R)evolution On The Way : Discovery News

Link has cool video, first of evolving, simulated ‘bots, then of robots constructed from Lego Mindstorms.

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