Rise of the cockroach driods

Jeremy Eades @ 20-11-2007

Back in college, my computer science professor told us that AI was still not very good, only about the level of a fungus.  Well, it seems that we’ve come a long way, all the way to cockroach level.  Researchers in Brussels have developed a robot cockroach that can mimic the behavior of their real life brethren, though they look like little, white boxes.  Evidently, behaving like a cockroach doesn’t make you a cockroach, so the robots were covered with cockroach pheremones.  After this, the robots were able to influence the roach clan, convincing them to come out of the darkness and nest in bright areas.  It’s really quite cool.  Next up, they’re jumping straight to robot chickens, I guess.

(via DailyTech) (image from Neil_T)


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