Mum Robot Goes Darwinian on Her Kids


A “mother” robot has demonstrated natural selection and the process of evolution in action, according to researchers from the University of Cambridge. Scientists typically have to go back in time to study evolution — it’s rarely observable over the course of a human lifetime. However, for robots and artificial intelligence, it’s a different story. Natural selection — basically reproduction and assessment and reproduction and assessment — was observable in the robot, which improved on its offspring with each generation.

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