Expanding mechanic structure
Animal Inspired robots
And inspiring equivalent sailing and diving to move around:
Maybe with wind traction balloons
Renewable energy robots
If we collect oil and we want to use it in an explosion engine, than we will have to refine the oil. Mobile refinery do exist but this example shows the complexity and size of an installation.
otherwise, burning oil, or feeding a steam engine makes a lot of black smoke :
... So maybe using the wind is a good option ...
How can we sense - analyze - collect - sort - preprocess - process - transform - dispose 30'810'000 Liters of crude oil quickly and cleanly? Can distributed intelligence help?
In more romantic terms, the analogy to self replication is "robot sexuality" / reproduction : but the idea here is not a male and female machines meet and make a smaller child machine, but rather a machine replicates, closer to asexual reproduction as a matter of fact.
And today, 4th of June, the first Self replicated Makerbot
Robots and Evolution
Hod Lipson builds "self-aware" robots
In a previous study I proposed the concept of "Robodiversity" : same a biodiversity but for "artificial life". I thought a good way to move forward was to map the diversity of existing robots and how they came to life in a parent-child relationship. The bigger idea is that if we understand these relationships, we can understand and improve the development of robotic, ideally sharing engineering ideas and sharing "behavioral code" in an open-source fashion.
Aesthestic considerations and influences
Great projects and links
AUOOSB (Autonomous Unmanned Open Ocean Sail boat) Forum
New Orleans Hacker communities