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What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology, by John Long

Years ago, Long realized there was something fishy about robots — that is, robots could be made to be fishlike.

Director of the Interdisciplinary Robotics Research Laboratory at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Long reflects on his career as a biologist who uses robots to study fish evolution. Up front, he tackles the social hazards that come with his occupation, fielding questions like, “What do robots have to do with biology?”

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