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Early Replicants

On the right are some modules from a self-replicating robot.

 

Each module is identical, and the system runs a distributed embedded program (there is neither central node nor broadcast instructions). They draw power from the table top and depend on a feed of modules.

 

Q-Ped on the left uses evolutionary algorithms to learn how to walk.

 

“At the Cornell Computational Synthesis Lab we explore biologically-inspired computational and physical processes that allow complex high-level systems to arise from low-level building blocks - automatically. We seek new biological concepts for engineering and new engineering insights into biology.” (CCSL)

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Taken on August 9, 2005