Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Dutch Battle Bots, Kind of



Wild Things Are on the Beach

Theo Jansen wants to make "life" and he figures the best way to do it is to start from scratch.

A self-styled god, Jansen is evolving an entirely new line of animals: immense multi-legged walking critters designed to roam the Dutch coastline, feeding on gusts of wind. Over the years, successive generations of his creatures have evolved into increasingly complex animals that walk by flapping wings in response to the wind, discerning obstacles in their path through feelers and even hammering themselves into the sand on sensing an approaching storm.

A scientist-turned-artist, Jansen's bizarre beach animals have their roots in a computer program that he designed 17 years ago in which virtual four-legged creatures raced against each other to identify survivors fit enough to reproduce. Determined to translate the evolutionary process off-screen, Jansen went to a local shop and found his own alternative to the biological cell -- the humble plastic tube.


Read the rest of the article at the link above. Interesting stuff...

10 comments:

Vulgarius said...

It doesnt hold a candel to the 40 ft. Electric Penguin!

DewKid said...

Interesting, yet strange. I think I was expecting more when I looked at the videos... Not sure I see that these things will ever do more than get blown over in the wind, or get stuck in a gully.

What would be cool is to staple a bunch of meat all over those things so they look more alive. Can you imagine a multilegged meat thing running at you down the beach?

Mmmmmmmm MEAT!

Vulgarius said...

Yikes! I havent seen anything so intimidating since I was exposed to the Woody Allen movie where he gets "Lactated".

The Moody Minstrel said...

Can you imagine the cloud of flies such a thing would attract?

Can you imagine the overpowering STENCH OF ROT-TING MEEEEAAAAAAT??!?!?mlmlmlmlmlghblghprtlk......HUAAAAGGGGHHHHH....uhh

Soy beans rule. Especially if they're genetically modified by Monsanto.

Vulgarius said...

There should be a law against implanting human brain tissue into soybeans!....Smack....


Whos side are you on Pinky?

Don Snabulus said...

I'm that baby with the evil British accent whose fiendish plots are always foiled by my bumbling parents.

thehim said...

I have to admit, this guy is probably the least creepy of all people I'd heard described as a "A self-styled god"

ElTigris said...

And just imagine one of these plodding thru your backyard at night when its dark.... at least it doesnt do things like scream ...."exterminate! ...exterminate!"

how did the darleks get defeated on earth? *stairs*

ElTigris said...

I want one of those ..with some accessories like cannon, spikes and rotating scythes (like on those chariots in Ben Hur) and a central maw with big teeth... and set it walking down the pensylvania avenue... following administration politicians... Mmmmm meat ...

Anonymous said...

Philrod Piddlewaif:

Excuse me...did you say scythes? Are you proposing to slaughter our tenants? We wanted a simple block of flats!

Inconsequential!!!