Ever heard of a robot manufacturing and designing themselves?
Experts at the University of Oslo in Norway have unveiled a way for robots to design, evolve and manufacture themselves, with the help of artificial evolution called “generative design” and 3D printers.
According to Kyrre Glette, Associate Professor at University of Oslo’s research group for robotics and intelligent systems, the team is yet to assemble the final product and, as of now, is testing variations of its original movement pattern.
Talking frankly about the limitations of the newly designed robot, Professor Glette tells Global Futurist that the movement isn’t perfect and it is still trying to evolve.
Interestingly, the robot was conceived in a “virtual womb”. Curious about what exactly a virtual womb is?
It is generative design computer program that tries out thousands of different simulations and solutions.
“It’s artificial evolution. It starts off with very simple combinations of these sausages and simple motors that can move them,” says Glette.
This new discovery is also facing criticism from many scientists and experts. Critics fear that this technology will lead to computers becoming smarter at an ever increasing rate.
According to Keith Downing, a professor of artificial intelligence at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology:
“Once you’ve got artificial general intelligence, you’ve got a computer that’s got all the same smarts as you and I have, that means it can learn. So it’s learning 24/7, it doesn’t get tired. So once you get artificial general intelligence, you’re going to quickly accelerate into something they call artificial super intelligence. That’s where the computer is thousands of times smarter than us. So if they’re also smarter than us. They could trick us and we could be in trouble.”
Well, doesn’t this remind you of the blockbuster movie ‘Robot’ where Dr. Vasi, a brilliant scientist, builds a robot and named it Chitti?
Actor Rajnikanth, who plays the role of Chitti, eventually becomes smarter than Dr. Vasi himself and tries to destroy everything.
Looks like professor Downing is making sense and there should be some control over how much a robot can evolve itself.