Science: John Long: Robots and Evolution
Biologist and robotics expert John Long examines what evolving robots can teach us about the history of life and the future of technology. Long, author of Darwin's Devices, has found an ingenious way to study extinct species: he creates robots that look and behave similarly, applies evolutionary pressures, lets them compete for mates and resources, and mutates their 'genes.' In short, he lets robots play the game of life; in the process learning some startling things about the origins--and trajectory--of species. Presented as part of Seattle Science Lectures, with Pacific Science Center, and University Book Store. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
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