It sounds like science fiction, but there are robots that build other robots! Published on the MIT blog, the news is going around the world, making us understand how now the robots are “invading” our civilization.
When you’re in a radical innovation process, the current and expected costs inevitably outweigh the overall benefits. This trade – offe between benefits – costs is reversed thanks to standardization that reduces fixed costs, and makes the curve of expected benefits ascending. However, the intuition of Professor Neil Gershenfeld of MIT is of “biological” origin. An active member of this great breakthrough in science, he stands out for his intuition, creativity and great passion for technology.
The turning point
Starting from the assumption that living beings are replicas of a “standard” mechanism of 20 basic amino acids, since 2013 he has been working on a model of 5 elementary mechanical parts that could perform tasks without particular effort such as tightening around a wheel, hook, grab etc.. This basic mechanism can give rise to a standard kit for the creation of robots with specific functions. The road is still long as the stage is still that of prototyping. It is clear that the basic idea is to produce a “brain” with millimetric dimensions.
Integration of structure, operation and control. According to George Small, Chief Technology Officer of Moog, Inc., the robotics paradigm undoubtedly benefits from standardisation. In this way, robotics can be accepted on an industrial scale, therefore on large volumes.