The future of self-organizing robots

Satoshi Murata, Haruhisa Kurokawa

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In the chapters so far, we have discussed in detail the design of mechanical systems and robots based on self-organization, from their historical development to specific design examples. The authors hope that these chapters enable the reader to understand that these are fundamentally multiple-module systems that have flexibility that cannot be expected of traditional mechanical systems. In this chapter, we discuss the limitations and future challenges facing self-organizing robots built with electro-mechanical technologies, and then, returning to the philosophy of "design based on self- organization" one last time, consider the goals we should set for self-organizing robots from a relatively long term perspective. One such goal is to make molecular machines that self-organize.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelf-Organizing Robots
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameSpringer Tracts in Advanced Robotics
ISSN (Print)1610-7438
ISSN (Electronic)1610-742X


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