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Nature. 2005 May 12;435(7039):163-4.

Robotics: self-reproducing machines.

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Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA.

Abstract

Self-reproduction is central to biological life for long-term sustainability and evolutionary adaptation. Although these traits would also be desirable in many engineered systems, the principles of self-reproduction have not been exploited in machine design. Here we create simple machines that act as autonomous modular robots and are capable of physical self-reproduction using a set of cubes.

PMID:
15889080
DOI:
10.1038/435163a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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