Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Emergence within Domestic Robotics

"Emergence: The way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions."
Emergence exists everywhere we look but recently it has been looked at as a method of creating artificial intelligence from basic instructions in robots. Swarm robotics is an interesting branch that can result in better and more efficient work from robots that work together for a single cause. Emergence with a swarm of robots is not pre-meditated but instead is a result of the sum of all these robots working around which end up with interesting patterns. Here is a nice video showing what I mean (observe closely how the robots (iRobot Create) "organize" the boxes):

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