Coral Springs, FL, June 11, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Viewpoints Industry TV points out that one of the criteria for life is the act of self-replicating. Have robots now passed that hurdle, at least theoretically? Researchers at MIT are working on designing robots that can manufacture the parts necessary to produce more robots using 3D printers. Presented at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Hong Kong, the idea is that the printers could produce relatively flat components which would then fold into the shapes required when heat is applied. The geometries needed to fold flat surfaces into predetermined shapes are already known, the new development is in the PVC material that will react to heat in order to get it done. While the robot population is not yet ready to take over the Earth from us humans as cautioned by numerous science fiction writers, they are taking on more lifelike properties as research advances.
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