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Robotic insects of the future

08 January 2019

Within just 20 years cutting edge technologies could allow robots to be designed from the molecular level up to perform their mission in extremely challenging circumstances.

Algorithms based on natural evolution would automatically designs robots by combining a variety of materials, components, sensors and behaviours. Advanced, computer based modelling could then rapidly test prototypes in simulated, 'real world' scenarios to decide which works best.

The end result would be simple, small, highly integrated, highly specialised, and highly cost-effective robots precision engineered for their task, environment, and terrain. That adapt on their own and automatically improve their performance.

Within just 20 years cutting edge technologies like high-throughput materials discovery and characterisation, advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence could allow robots to be designed from the molecular level up to perform their mission in extremely challenging circumstances.

This new approach to design is called Multi-Level Evolution (MLE) and it is expected that there will be a growing demand for workers who have skills that can contribute to various aspects of MLE.

Read more about what CSIRO's Active Integrated Matter Future Science Platform group think about MLE.

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