Two Steps towards a Mechanically Autonomous Self-replicating System
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- Eppendahl A., Sajnani S. (2006) Two Steps towards a Mechanically Autonomous Self-replicating System. In: Murase K., Sekiyama K., Naniwa T., Kubota N., Sitte J. (eds) Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Autonomous Minirobots for Research and Edutainment (AMiRE 2005). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
We propose a design methodology for self-replicating robots and describe two robots we have designed using our methodology. We specify our target system as a mechanically autonomous team of remote control Lego robots capable of constructing all members of the team from individual pieces of Lego. Each member is responsible for a specific type of work and the design process proceeds by validating sub-teams. To validate a candidate sub-team we demonstrate that each member of the sub-team is capable of doing all the work of its type required for the construction of each member of the sub-team. Other types of work, which would be done by other members of a complete team, are done manually. This methodology allows us to face the essential difficulties of the self-referential design task without building a complete system. We describe the design and validation of a two-member sub-team including a tapper robot, responsible for piece-connection work, and a vehicle robot, responsible for robot-positioning work.
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