Microsoft Launches Open Source Tool To Help iOS Developers Port Their Apps To Windows.

windows_platform At its Build developer conference earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would soon release tools that would make it easier for iOS and Android developers to take their existing code and port their apps to Windows. The Android version of this, officially named the Windows Bridge for Android, is now in private beta. The iOS version, however — previously known under the… Read More

Artificial evolution is teaching robots to self-organise

Artificial evolution is teaching robots to self-organise

A team of Belgian and Turkish researchers has seen robots learn to efficiently divide up their tasks when allowed to “evolve” behaviours along Darwinian principles.

Some insects like honeybees, termites and ants have long exhibited “eusociality” – a quality that allows them to specialise into different roles in their colony. In ants, for example, queens and a small number of males are the only reproducers, while soldiers and workers create the best environment for them to reproduce in.

Now robots are doing it too. Eliseo Ferrante and colleagues used artificial evolution and detailed robotics simulations to design controllers that allow bots to effectively organise themselves.

No Prior Information

“Remarkably, division of labor was achieved merely by selecting on overall group performance, and without providing any prior information on how the global object retrieval task was best divided into smaller subtasks,” they wrote in a paper in the journal Computational Biology.

It’s hoped that the technique could be used to develop intelligent swarms of robots that can organise themselves to solve unexpected tasks on other planets.

Image credit: Steve Shattuck // CC BY 2.0


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Microsoft Launches Open Source Tool To Help iOS Developers Port Their Apps To Windows

windows_platform At its Build developer conference earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would soon release tools that would make it easier for iOS and Android developers to take their existing code and port their apps to Windows. The Android version of this, officially named the Windows Bridge for Android, is now in private beta. The iOS version, however — previously known under the… Read More