German tech institute ushers self replicating robots into reality.

Genetic algorithms, of various shapes and sizes, abound in a number of design fields, most prominently in architecture. The Fraunhofer Institute has now incorporated them into everyday life through the power of 3D printing, by using these algorithms to create specialized robots, which is a potentially game changing moment in design.

The 3D printed robots are the outcome of a genetic algorithmic reasoning process, which factors in the tasks expected of the robots and the terrain they will operate within, and subsequently selects the best robot for the job. Humans have been completely removed from the design and production process. These robots that are primarily used in the automotive, exploration, transportation and service industries, are constructed out of a series of ball and socket joints and connecting tubes whose shape can be easily modified, depending on the robot's task and terrain.

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