This is exactly the sort of thing I like the most.
It’s a tiny 3d printed helicopter, the design for which was arrived at using genetic algorithms.
Absolutely brilliant – machines that can design themselves using inner-simulations. Almost. There’s nothing to say that a “machine” shouldn’t have appendages that aren’t actually attached to the brain… we’re just used to creatures being “one-piece”. I think it’s a whole lot more likely that robotic creatures are actually thin-client.
Like we are… now that we can no longer cope without having 24/7 access to the web.