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Evolutionary AI software designs robot offspring

from the early-"engineering-AI" dept.
EddieWehri writes "Researchers developed a computer program that came up with designs for simple robots after being given simple parameters. Found on slashdot. http://www.canoe.ca/CNEWSScience 0008/30_robot.html" RalphMerkle explains that this refers to "recent work at Brandeis by Jordan Pollack. Evidently, this work involves a design system that uses evolutionary algorithms to design a robotic system."

Update: A spate of press coverage of this research was set off by the publication of a paper by Pollack and co-worker Hod Lipson, also of Brandeis, in the 31 August 2000 issue of Nature. Some interesting press accounts include articles in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

One Response to “Evolutionary AI software designs robot offspring”

  1. dwh Says:

    Golem@home

    Lipson and Pollack also have a version of their software that runs as a screensaver and evolves robot designs, Golem@home. Unfortunately, it only runs on Windows, but I have sent them email and Lipson responded, "we're thinking about a unix version". If more people request it, then it's likely to speed up the release of a *nix port. They also have a (again Windows) version of the software "Live Truss", which is a standalone robot evolution software. Find them both at: http://golem03.cs-i.brandeis.edu/download.html -=dwh=-

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