Evolutionary robotics

Dylan Evans and Walter de Back

in Applied Evolutionary Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586073
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731358 | DOI:
Evolutionary robotics

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Robotics has been heavily influenced by cognitive psychology and evolutionary biology, but evolutionary psychology, has not yet had such a big impact on the field. In this essay we describe how evolutionary psychology may come to have a greater impact on robotics in the near future. We first describe the role that cognitive psychology and evolutionary biology have played in the development of robotics, and describe the few lessons that have been drawn so far by roboticists from evolutionary psychology itself. We go on to propose a new research program in robotics which we term “synthetic evolutionary psychology.” Finally, we also explore some of the lessons which roboticists might draw from evolutionary psychology when designing robots intended for rich psychological interactions with humans.

Keywords: biorobotics; cognitive psychology; cognitive science; evolutionary robotics; robotics; simulation; synthetic methods; uncanny valley

Chapter.  6662 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychology

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