More than 120 scientists from all over the world have gathered for the Living Machines conference
to discuss how to mimic the natural world to build better robots.
The 2013 edition of Living Machines took place at the Science Museum of London
Living Machines is an international conference series concerned with the development of future real-world technologies that harness the principles underlying living systems and the flow of communication signals between living and artificial systems.
The conference highlights the most exciting contemporary research in biomimetics— the development of novel technologies through the distillation of principles from the study of biological systems, and biohybrids—formed by combining a biological component—an existing living system—with an artificial, newly-engineered component.
The concept of “Living Machine” captures the insight that useful artificial entities can be designed by copying life, and, at the same time, that we can understand biological organisms, including ourselves, as living machines “designed” by nature.
Some of the most interesting new developments in biomimetic and biohybrid technologies, grouped under five themes, together with some striking examples of contemporary biomimetic or biohybrid art, have been selected for presentation at the Living Machines Exhibition, a one-day event at the Science Museum in London.
The Living Machines conference series and the Living Machines exhibition are co- ordinated by the Convergent Science Network of Biomimetics and Neurotechnology (csnetwork.eu) which is supported by the EU Future Emerging Technologies (FET) Programme. Both events are organised by the leading biomimetic scientists Professor Tony Prescott of the University of Sheffield and Professor Paul Verschure of the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
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