If robots, like animals, undergo natural selection as they evolve, they will “develop adaptive abilities to hunt prey, cooperate, and even help one another,” according to Swiss researchers. As described in PLoS Biology Journal, robots, like the ones in the picture above, can alter actions such as movement without and homing methods within 100 “generations.”
These ‘bots are managed by a neural network that mutates in accordance to received sensory information. The robots who were able to adapt the best to the selected course were considered to be the fosters of the next “generation.” These robots were used for their parts to be passed over to the following generation. Within 100 generations, the robots were able to successfully maneuver a maze without hitting any walls.
In another experiment the robots were instructed to push round discs along a wall for points. The robots actually worked together to push the larger objects to earn points for their whole group and often times would sacrifice their own points for the betterment of the group.
The researchers also found that the robots emulated hunting techniques in other experiments and would actually lay low in wait for prey, while the robots being hunted, would rotate in place, to reduce the probability of being confronted on a side without a sensor.
I mean, I don’t know how much this really says about robot evolution and its similar nature to humans, but I definitely found this article interesting. There’s no mention of “thought” and its adoption by robots… but maybe this is the direction Turning was predicting?