• The new robotic arm builds "babies" that get progressively better at moving without any human intervention.
  • At this stage the "baby robots" consist of plastic cubes with a motor inside. These are put together by a "mother" robot arm which glues them together in different configurations. The mother robot assesses how far its babies are able to move, and with no human intervention, improves the design so that the next one it builds can move further.
  • The mother robot built ten generations of children. The final version moved twice the distance of the first before its power ran out. The ultimate aim of the research project is to develop robots that adapt to their surroundings.

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