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SpArKy
12-05-05, 08:37
US robot builds copies of itself
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/05/sci_nat_enl_1115841977/html/1.stm

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.

By turning and moving, the cubes can pick up new units, decide where they belong, and stack them alongside each other to make new devices.

In a little more than a minute, a simple three-cube robot can make a copy of itself.

That offspring version can then make further copies. It's only a toy demonstration of the idea, but lead researcher Hod Lipson, of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has bold plans for these intelligent modular machines.

"Space applications clearly come to mind. If you're sending a robot to one of Jupiter's moons, and the robot breaks, then the mission is over," Dr Lipson told the BBC.

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Well i never hey, i want one. I will make a little army to wash my clothes and cook my tea :D

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

RavenLettan
12-05-05, 09:05
Robotics should be comming in to it's own over the next 2 decades, with things getting smaller and powerful enough for the power and memory requirements.

This said, with the innovation there needs to be control kept. I don't believe as with the Commonwealth ruling with Cloning, that making it illegal is the best idea.. but controlling the directions with safety guidelines in place are really going to need to be an order of the day.

While films/books depict our worst fears over technology, the running theme is that it happens because it is unchecked and the technology is develop too quickly to be safe.

Just look at Nuclear Technology.. science was set back 30 years on Nuclear Physics all because of the mistrust and quick jump to apply it as a weapon to end a conflict. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Still pretty cool to see Robots play tetris with itself ;)

Quiver.
12-05-05, 11:07
Did anyone see The Animatrix, chapter: The Second Renaissance Parts 1 & 2?
When I saw it I thought that could never happen but when I read this...I change my mind...

Cato
12-05-05, 12:11
Originally posted by Quiver.:
Did anyone see The Animatrix, chapter: The Second Renaissance Parts 1 & 2?
When I saw it I thought that could never happen but when I read this...I change my mind... I have. It's so gory! Poor kittens. :(
Yup. The world won't end by some wrath of God. We'll have people's stupidity to blame. ^_^

Draco
12-05-05, 12:16
Who do you think killed the gods? Their creations of course.

SpArKy
12-05-05, 13:13
ME, i want to be Micro$oft and rule the world....

Mwuha ha ha hah a!

SpArKy
12-05-05, 14:47
see them in action.
ROBOTS IN ACTION (http://www.mae.cornell.edu/ccsl/research/selfrep/video/4x4ht4a.mpg)

[ 12. May 2005, 15:50: Message edited by: SpArKy ]

Olvidarse
15-05-05, 19:16
That's both amazing and a little disturbing. Are they programmed to follow a specific set of instructions, or do you they spontaneously create their own path?

Thorn
15-05-05, 19:36
Cyborgs... Erm I mean!, Robots will dominate ALL! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

tlr online
16-05-05, 00:57
LOL! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

SpArKy
16-05-05, 08:27
Originally posted by Olvidarse:
That's both amazing and a little disturbing. Are they programmed to follow a specific set of instructions, or do you they spontaneously create their own path? Each Robot contains blueprints of the same robot to mass produce.

crux2
16-05-05, 18:45
"A self induced Gehenna warrants more vigil than a deity induced one wouldn't you say"

-Beckett, on the Ankaran Sarcophagus.


(Gehenna = end of the world)

Kay
16-05-05, 19:39
Corrr blimey! Thats reallllly creepy! :( . But if i had a robot, i would like one that i could have a conversation with :D