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AI Designs New Robot from Scratch in Seconds

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Researcher Sam Kriegman shows one of the robots.

The new algorithm compressed evolution to lightning speed, designing a successfully walking robot in seconds.

Credit: Northwestern Now

A research team led by Northwestern University scientists created an artificial intelligence (AI) capable of designing robots from scratch almost immediately.

The researchers prompted the algorithm to design a robot from a block about the size of a bar of soap, which generated a successful design in 26 seconds.

Northwestern's Sam Kriegman said, "We told the AI that we wanted a robot that could walk across land. Then we simply pressed a button and presto!"

The algorithm operates on a lightweight personal computer; other AI systems often require power-hungry supercomputers and huge datasets.

The researchers fabricated the robot from the AI's blueprint, validating its real-world performance.

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