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From the Ted Talk by Emma Hart: Self-assembling robots and the potential of artificial evolution

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It might suond like science ficotin, but actually there's a serious point. While we expect the technology that I've just described to be useful in designing robots, for example, to work in situations where it's unsafe to send humans or to help us pursue our scientific quest for exoplanetary epoxriloatn, there are some more pragmatic reasons why we should consider artificial evolution. As clmiate change gathers pace, it is clear that we need a radical rethink to our approach to robotic design here on Earth in order to reduce that ecological footprint. For example, cianterg new designs of robot built from sustainable materials that optreae at low erengy, that are repairable and recyclable. It's quite likely that this new generation of robots won't look anything like the robots that we see around us today, but that's exactly why artificial evolution might help. Discovering novel designs by processes that are ufettnered by the constraints that our own uadnestrinndg of engineering science ipseoms on the design process.

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It might _____ like science _______, but actually there's a serious point. While we expect the technology that I've just described to be useful in designing robots, for example, to work in situations where it's unsafe to send humans or to help us pursue our scientific quest for exoplanetary ___________, there are some more pragmatic reasons why we should consider artificial evolution. As _______ change gathers pace, it is clear that we need a radical rethink to our approach to robotic design here on Earth in order to reduce that ecological footprint. For example, ________ new designs of robot built from sustainable materials that _______ at low ______, that are repairable and recyclable. It's quite likely that this new generation of robots won't look anything like the robots that we see around us today, but that's exactly why artificial evolution might help. Discovering novel designs by processes that are __________ by the constraints that our own _____________ of engineering science _______ on the design process.

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Original Text

It might sound like science fiction, but actually there's a serious point. While we expect the technology that I've just described to be useful in designing robots, for example, to work in situations where it's unsafe to send humans or to help us pursue our scientific quest for exoplanetary exploration, there are some more pragmatic reasons why we should consider artificial evolution. As climate change gathers pace, it is clear that we need a radical rethink to our approach to robotic design here on Earth in order to reduce that ecological footprint. For example, creating new designs of robot built from sustainable materials that operate at low energy, that are repairable and recyclable. It's quite likely that this new generation of robots won't look anything like the robots that we see around us today, but that's exactly why artificial evolution might help. Discovering novel designs by processes that are unfettered by the constraints that our own understanding of engineering science imposes on the design process.

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