Sunday, April 12, 2009


A Robotic Future

Special Issue on Robotics @ Science/AAAS | Table of Contents: 16 November 2007; 318 (5853)


Making Machines That Make Others of Their Kind. (Though this piece continues the tradition of looking at self-replication as the main concept behind Von neumann's scheme, when its greatest insight is open-ended evolution).

Self-Organization, Embodiment, and Biologically Inspired Robotics: "Robotics researchers increasingly agree that ideas from biology and self-organization can strongly benefit the design of autonomous robots. Biological organisms have evolved to perform and survive in a world characterized by rapid changes, high uncertainty, indefinite richness, and limited availability of information. Industrial robots, in contrast, operate in highly controlled environments with no or very little uncertainty. Although many challenges remain, concepts from biologically inspired (bio-inspired) robotics will eventually enable researchers to engineer machines for the real world that possess at least some of the desirable properties of biological organisms, such as adaptivity, robustness, versatility, and agility".

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