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This robot, made by Josh Bongard, Victor Zykov, and Hod Lipson, is capable of discovering its physical properties and using this discovered body model to develop a successful walking gait.

The real feat comes when engineers remove a part of its leg: The robot senses a change in its structure and begins walking in a different way to compensate. The demonstration is the first proof that a robot can generate a conception of itself and then adapt to damage, a handy skill to have in unpredictable environments.

Robotic Introspection: Self Modeling -[via] Link.


  • Paolo*

    Nice work!

    I found it histerical when trying to walk with a part of the leg missing! lol

  • samurai1200

    Not efficient at all, but an AMAZING display of AI!!!

  • keyma5ter

    Then it will continue to pursue Sarah Connor until its brains are crushed in a hydraulic press.

  • Dirkus

    #include <terminatorMovieReference.h>

    No, wait, keyma5ter beat me to it. Darn it!

    This is really cool from a developer’s standpoint. When the war begins, however, this will only make them that much harder to destroy.

  • dhaartman

    Hahaha thats funny. Was I the only one that noticed it did better with part of a leg missing? I think it could do better with some more degrees of freedom, though. The legs could not swivel at the hip.

  • gadgetlust

    Brilliant. But kind of freaky.

  • Fish&Chips

    Reminds me of a fish out of water. A somewhat intoxicated fish out of water.

    Still, wholly clever.

  • svofski

    Brilliant. Creepy as hell!

  • jordan314

    KILL ALL HUMANS

  • Lynne_W-U

    Poor thing.