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Robotics

Self-reproducing machines

Nature volume 435, pages 163164 (12 May 2005) | Download Citation

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Self-reproduction is central to biological life for long-term sustainability and evolutionary adaptation. Although these traits would also be desirable in many engineered systems, the principles of self-reproduction have not been exploited in machine design1. Here we create simple machines that act as autonomous modular robots and are capable of physical self-reproduction using a set of cubes.

A set of modular robot cubes accomplish a feat fundamental to biological systems.

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  1. *Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA

    • Victor Zykov
    •  & Hod Lipson
  2. †Department Computer Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA

    • Efstathios Mytilinaios
  3. ‡Department of Mathematics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA

    • Bryant Adams
  4. §Department of Computing & Information Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA

    • Hod Lipson

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