MIT Researchers Creating Self-Replicating Robots With Built-In Intelligence

A robot from the Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems (AIIS) laboratory of Italy's National Interuniversity Consortium for Computer Science (CINI) is displayed at the 7th edition of the Maker Faire 2019, the greatest European event on innovation, on October 18, 2019 in Rome. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • While the research is promising, it will likely be years before we see self-replicating robot swarms, according to Gershenfeld.
  • The voxels make up both the robot itself as well as the components of the thing being built, allowing them to work together on larger structures.
  • The researchers, who published a paper laying out their findings in Nature, are working with the aviation industry, car companies, and NASA on the new technology.

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