Robot swarms, evolution, and symbiosis
- Alan Winfield
Robots often work with other robots. The idea of multi-robot systems is not new, but it is only recently that commercial systems have become available. ‘Robot swarms, evolution, and symbiosis’ considers robots working together, how this affects their intelligence (‘swam intelligence’), and real-world applications of robots working together. Evolutionary robotics represents a way of designing robots. It uses an automated process based on Darwinian artificial selection to create new robot designs. Will robots ever be able to group together to solve a problem that requires a larger robot, and then come apart to continue their work as smaller robots?