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Mating and procreation are instinctive in animals, but can artificially invented robots have babies too? Dutch scientists have invented robots that mate and make babies and move around hot, is this an early entry into the Terminator era?

Scientists at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands have created a new technology that allows robots to "mate" over Wi-Fi networks and then produce robotic offspring through 3D printing. Researchers believe that this technology could be used to colonize Mars.

The Daily Mail reports that scientists at the Free University of Amsterdam have set up the Robot Babies Project, hoping to create more advanced robots through a process similar to the sexual reproduction of living organisms. When two robots meet, they can communicate with each other, choose their own suitable partners, and send their "genome" via Wi-Fi. This "sexual reproduction" mechanism produces a new genome, the genome code of which is sent to a 3D printer and then developed into new robotic parts for assembly.

Over the course of 1.5 years of development, the researchers have completed the entire lifecycle testing. When robot parents reproduce offspring, they have a random combination of functions, including brains (software) as well as hardware. Jacqueline Heinerman, a PhD student involved in the research, explains, "As the technology evolves, we will develop robotic neural networks. These neural networks can guide their behavior. "

The Liberty University laboratory also has a "birth clinic" and a "nursery" for robotic babies. After birth, these little robots need to go through a learning process. If the conditions are met, the little robots can grow to adulthood and continue to breed the next generation. The researchers say this marks the beginning of a new era of "industrial evolution" in which machines will be able to operate and reproduce on their own.

On the right side of the picture is the robot parent, and on the left side is the robot baby. As you can see in the picture, the robot parents are blue and green respectively, and the baby robot has both blue and green on it.


Our scientists define a robot as "an automated machine, the difference being that such a machine possesses some intelligent capabilities similar to those of a human or a living being, such as perception, planning, movement and synergy, and is an automated machine with a high degree of flexibility. "

Development History

There have been three generations of robot development.

The first generation of robots were simple, teachable reproduction robots, which required the user to teach them the sequence of movements and movement paths beforehand, and then to repeat these movements over and over again. It is this type of robot that is currently used in large numbers on automated lines in the automotive and electronics industries. They basically don't feel or think.

The second generation of robots are low-level intelligent robots, or sensory robots. Compared with the first generation of robots, low-level intelligent robots have certain sensory systems and can obtain simple information about the external environment and operating objects, and can make simple judgments about changes in the external environment and adjust their actions accordingly to reduce work errors and product scrap. This is why this type of robot is also known as adaptive robot. Since the 1990s, the number of such robots in manufacturing companies is increasing every year.

The third generation of robots are advanced intelligent robots. Not only does it have the sensory functions and simple adaptive capabilities of a second-generation robot, but it can fully recognize the work object and the work environment, and can automatically determine the actions that are appropriate to it based on the instructions given by a human and its own judgment.

concluding remarks

Intelligent mobile robot has a broad development prospect, the current robot research is in the third generation of intelligent mobile robot stage, although the domestic and foreign research has made many achievements, but its intelligence level is still unsatisfactory. In the 21st century, robots are likely to become our constant companions, and countries are increasing their efforts to conduct research on common robotics technologies and to develop towards intelligence and diversity. I wonder what kind of god skills the robots of the future will be able to master in addition to reproducing offspring?

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