Okay, we can make robots that do things.


But can robots make other robots?


Not yet,

according to Scott Tilly

but it’s just a matter of time…


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   A person with a little science can go deep into possibilities, or go crazy pondering what can happen in the field of artificial intelligence. The space coast of Florida is a haven for technological specialists with savvy more making machines do things. Scott Tilley, a professor at Florida Institute of Technology addresses the possibility of robots making robots. What follows are his ideas that appeared in the Apr. 8, 2016 issue of Florida Today.

   What follows are some pieces of his pie:

   • Recent reports from MIT’s CSAIL (computer science and artificial intelligence lab) indicate that researchers were able to create a working robot using a 3D printer. [Essentially, what happens here is the electronically building up of 3D objects putting thousands and thousand of, say, plastic layers on top of each other to print out solid objects. These "parts" are precisely cut and shaped electronically--and, of course, electronic procedures can be carried out from faraway distances. Other processes can--electronically--assemble such pieces. That's the ABC's here…]  This process, says Tilley, of creating “inexpensive robots in itself is not terribly novel. A few years ago, a Harvard/MIT team was able to create paper robots that unfolded and started walking by themselves.”

   • The new 3D robots are different.

   • By “working,” Tilley says, these new robots are “ready to go” as soon as they are printed. “Just add a battery and a small motor and it starts to walk. No assembly or training required.

   • “Nothing is added to the robot after it emerges from the printer (other than the battery and motor). This includes the liquids needed to power the printed crankshaft and the robot’s insect-like legs.”

   • “At [that point above] it’s not too difficult to imagine the newly created robot being able to hit the ‘print’ button and create more robots. At that point, we’ve arrived at a form of robotic procreation. Artificial evolution is getting closer all the time.”

   The batteries and motor are still a bit of an issue, but perhaps soon solar cells and motors themselves can be printed.

   Incredible research!

   There’s much that could be said philosophically, but our dozen seconds are up.

   We’ll end with (1) a snippet from Wikipedia and (2) a source to begin reading about this sort of thing.

   (1)  The field was founded on the claim that a central property of humans, intelligence–the sapience of Homo human sapiens sapiens—can be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it. This raises philosophical arguments about the nature of the mind and the ethics of creating artificial beings endowed with human-like intelligence, issues which have been explored by myth, fiction, and philosophy since antiquity. Artificial intelligence has been the subject of tremendous optimism but has also suffered stunning setbacks. Today AI techniques have become an essential part of the technology industry, providing the heavy lifting for many of the most challenging problems in computer science.

   (2)  Artificial Intelligence Simplified: Understanding Basic Concepts by Binto George and Gail Carmichael [see Amazon].