Here we evolve the bodies of soft robots made of multiple materials (muscle, bone, & support tissue) to move quickly. Evolution produces a diverse array of fun, wacky, interesting, but ultimately functional soft robots. Enjoy!
This video accompanies the following paper: Unshackling Evolution: Evolving Soft Robots with Multiple Materials and a Powerful Generative Encoding. Cheney, MacCurdy, Clune, & Lipson. Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference. 2013.
The work was performed by members of the Cornell Creative Machines Lab: http://creativemachines.cornell.edu and the Evolving Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Wyoming:http://JeffClune.com
The simulator we used is called VoxCad, by Jon Hiller:http://www.VoxCad.com
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