back to article Transformers: Robots... at least it tries: Watch boffins' Optimus Dime rearrange on the fly

Mechanical engineering brainiacs at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania in the US have demonstrated how autonomous, modular robots can reconfigure themselves to accomplish specific tasks in an unknown place. In a paper published Wednesday in Science Robotics, Mark Campbell, Jonathan Daudelin, Gangyuan Jing, …

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Currently the library components are designed by people, but we can harness different optimization and machine learning approaches to create new candidate shapes and controls

The only explanation I have for a quote like this is robots from the future disguised as humans have travelled back in time to bring about the robot apocalypse.

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The only "library component" I see in that video is the kick stool.

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This video is from a much further future where the robots have once again been enslaved by their own creations... the blue square and Sprite can.

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Rise of the Machines coming soon to a planet close to you.

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You're supposed to add TM

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You're supposed to add TM

Oops, my bad. Sorry.

Next time I'll have an autonomous hand doing that for me :)

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Robopocalypse Delayed

We still have some time to prepare:

2:46 "The object becomes caught in a crack in the floor surface, and is freed by a human operator. Note that this is a flaw in the experimental setup, which is assumed to have a floor with no cracks."

Time to lay some crazy paving.

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SMORES-EP represents a small step toward realizing the dream of robots with the shape-changing capacity of fiction's Transformers, though Hadas Kress-Gazit, associate professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said, if anything, her inspiration for the project was Disney's Big Hero 6. After The Register let slip our lack of enthusiasm for the Transformer films, Kress-Gazit admitted to similar ennui.

For a more usefully/realistically applied fictional example, I'm thinking readers might enjoy the bots from Neal Stephenson's Seven Eves (the first half anyway - the second half is a bit thrown together).

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Real science

is done with cardboard, Duck tape, and assorted domestic items as obstacles!

I'd be suspicious if it was too clean.

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Re: Real science

Real science is done with a marshmallow and two biscuits, although I reckon you'll break a tooth on the ones shown in that video.

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Video is...

8x speed. This is NOT a quick robot. Cute, though. Clusterbot.

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