Summary: Design and Make
I look for ways to use evolution to design things. Robotics is the
visible part of what I do, but underlying the robotics are two
basic questions: Can we design machines that can design other
machines? Can we make a machine that can make other machines?
These are fundamental engineering questions. Engineering is
about designing and making things. The ultimate thing we can
design and make is the thing that can design and make other
things. If we can do this, then we will have understood the under-
lying engineering processes well enough to automate them. It is
the ultimate engineering challenge.
As time moves forward, the kinds of things that the engineering
community needs to design and make become increasingly com-
plex. The only way to sustain this growth and complexity of
products, the next generation of iPods for example, is by
automating some of the processes. We must elevate the generic
process from designing and making the products themselves to
designing the processes that can in turn make new products.
The Biology Connection
Nature is my inspiration. Nature is always designing and making