Brown University School of Engineering

Darwin's Devices: Evolving Robots Reanimate Ancient Animal Evolution

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Monday, March 18, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Science Communication Series, Spring 2013, John Long, Professor of Biology and Chair of Biology, Vassar College Biologist and robotics expert John Long examines what evolving robots can teach us about the history of life and the future of technology. Long, author of Darwin's Devices, has found an ingenious way to study extinct species: he creates robots that look and behave similarly, applies evolutionary pressures, lets them compete for mates and resources, and mutates their 'genes.' In short,he lets robots play the game of life; in the process learning some startling things about the origins--and trajectory--of species. Monday, March 18 7:00 – 9:00 pm Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center Sponsored by EEB department, Professor Sharon Swartz and Science Center