Darwin's Devices: What Evoloving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/3/2012
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Biologists are pioneering a new way to study evolution. By building autonomous mobile robots that simulate animal behavior and subjecting them to selective pressures, they are now able to observe the heretofore glacial process of evolutionary adaptation. In turn, these mechanisms are revolutionizing ideas about engineering and design. In Darwin's Devices, biorobotics expert John Long examines this powerful approach to improving our understanding of biology and the machines we rely on daily. Darwin's Devicesis a trip through the laboratory of a fertile mind and the herald of a new era in experimental science. But more than that, it is proof that both science and engineering can benefit when we simply sit back and let natural processes take control.

Table of Contents

Why Robots?p. 1
The Game of Lifep. 23
Engineering Evolvabotsp. 43
Tadros Play the Game of Lifep. 69
The Life of the Embodied Mindp. 95
Predator, Prey, and Vertebraep. 131
Evolutionary Trekkersp. 167
So Long, and Thanks for All the Robotic Fishp. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
Notesp. 239
Indexp. 261
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