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"These are physically embodied robots, and they are quite literally swimming Tupperware, which does not sound very exciting. But we make them exciting, because the swimming Tupperware has in it a computer, which is doing the calculations of what to do for behavioral output, so it’s the “brain,” if you will, taking sensory input and then converting it into motor output. And so dipping down from the surface of the water is a biomimetic tail, a specially designed soft and flexible structure that has variable number of bones called vertebrae in it, and so we are actually interested in evolutionary processes, in particular what went on 500 million years ago at the origin of the group of animals to which we belong, called vertebrates."
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