Biologists and Engineers Create a New Generation of Robots That Imitate Life

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Science  07 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5463, pp. 80-83
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5463.80

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A revolution is going on in robotics, in which a new army of biologically inspired robots is emerging from laboratories throughout the world. As these robots learn to walk, crawl, and fly, they are advancing both robotics and scientists' understanding of how animals move. The goal is to create robots that can go where humans either can't go or where it's not safe to send them, such as the surfaces of other planets, the bowels of a burning building, or the risky confines of a minefield or a battlefield.