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Intelligent robot system that can independently 'breed offspring' will come out
Without human intervention, the 'mother' robot can make and incrementally improve the 'daughter' robots over multiple generations. Recently, the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom released a report saying that a project involving researchers at the school has developed a new intelligent robot system that can independently 'breed offspringThe University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom recently released a report saying that a project involving researchers at the school has developed a new intelligent robotic system. The 'mother' robot can make and gradually improve multiple generations of 'daughter' without human intervention. Robot, which is also a simulation of the concept of biological evolution in the field of robotics. Reporter: The project is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The 'mother' robot is actually a robotic arm, and the 'offspring' it makes are plastic cubes 6 cm square, including drive motor. In many experiments, the robotic arm has independently produced a total of 10 generations of 'daughter' robots, and each generation of robots is superior to the previous generation in performance. After a batch of 'daughter' robots are produced, their movements are photographed by cameras, and a program automatically evaluates the distance, speed and durability of these 'newborn' movements, and then feedbacks the improvements to the 'mother' robot. , and improve it when building the next generation of robots. The last generation of 'daughter' robots can travel twice as far as the first, researchers at the University of Cambridge say. This ability to evolve from generation to generation is very close to biological evolution. 'The parent robot makes hundreds of child robots and observes how these child robots perform, and if they perform well enough, they will keep the design when making the next generation, otherwise they will be discarded,' the researchers said. The researchers likened the basic design of a 'daughter' robot to a genome. In order to continuously improve the performance of the 'daughter' machine, the 'mother' robot not only needs to gradually adjust the genes of the 'daughterThe researchers said that such robots can play a big role in actual production, 'When you walk into a factory, such as a car manufacturing company, if you have robots that can evaluate the design and manufacture of each car, and from Find the operations that can be improved in the mistakes, and then go on from generation to generation, and you will end up with an unexpected car.' Of course, most robots can only perform some repetitive tasks, such as simple assembly on the production line. The researchers say that current technology cannot allow robots to think and learn completely independently like humans, but by imitating some subtle designs of nature, the field of robotics can achieve even greater breakthroughs in the future.