Damage Recovery in Robots via Intelligent Trial and Error - .PDF file.
A Franco-American research team has developed a mechanism that lets a robot adapt to injury.
In their paper Antoine Cully and and Jean-Baptiste Mouret of the Sorbonne in Paris and Jeff Clune of the University of Wyoming describe how their algorithm allows a robot to adapt to damage in under two minutes.
This, they say, is ‘thanks to intuitions that they develop before their mission and experiments that they conduct to validate or invalidate them after damage. The result is a creative process that adapts to a variety of injuries, including damaged, broken, and missing legs.’