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Digital Darwinism: study shows robotic evolution

Apr 06, 2017, 7:54 AM EDT
(Source: Horia Pernea/flickr)
(Source: Horia Pernea/flickr)

The theory of evolution applies as good to robots as to humans, with a recent study, published in the journal “Frontiers in Robotics and A.I.’’ providing an insight into how real, physical bots boost themselves up via digital Darwinism.

In the experiments conducted by researchers at Vassar College, the participating robots from multiple generations, exhibited a remarkable ability to swap genetic materials via a “gene pool,” replicating the sexual reproduction process of humans, writes Seeker.

The results allow the scientists examine the interaction between developmental and evolutionary processes in physically embodied robots. As the world stares an impending robotic revolution, one of the upshots for humans from the latest evolutionary robotics research is that the fitness of bot populations dropped significantly at the end of the experiment.

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