August 15, 2002


Robot Teaches Itself Flying Skills in Three Hours (Reuters, August 14, 2002)
A robot has taught itself the principles of flying -- learning in just three hours what evolution took millions of years to achieve, according to research by Swedish scientists published on Wednesday.

Krister Wolff and Peter Nordin of Chalmers University of Technology built a robot with wings and then gave it random instructions through a computer at the rate of 20 per second.

[A]fter three hours the robot discovered a flapping technique -- rotating its wings through 90 degrees, raising them, then twisting back to the horizontal before pushing back down.

"This tells us that this kind of evolution is capable of coming up with flying motion," said Peter Bentley, an evolutionary computer expert at University College, London.

Yes, if sentient beings give you wings you'll figure out how to use them. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 15, 2002 8:11 PM
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