EVOBLISS project combines scientific approaches from robotics, artificial intelligence, chemistry, and microbiology and aims to capitalize on the state of the art in these disparate disciplines and combine them together into a coherent project to produce
i) a generally useful, expandable and customizable technical platform for the artificial evolution of new materials and applications based on a real-time feedback robotic workstation
ii) a specific improved technology, namely a microbial fuel cell, that incorporates natural as well as artificial macro-, micro-, and nanoscale elements for improved function.
Scientifically, we will investigate the possibility of optimizing artificial chemical life, microbial ecosystems, and nanoparticles and their physiochemical, dynamic environments using robot facilitated, artificial evolution. We will analyze the involved systems using advanced multi-scale imaging and artificial intelligence. The main conceptual synergy of EVOBLISS is to embody the principles of living technology at various scales in order to probe the evolvability of systems within and between scales, and in doing so this project will employ both primary and secondary living technologies. We will use the robotic liquid handling platform to explore the synergy of pure robotic evolution with basic chemical systems (i.e. no embedded genome), with embedded complex chemical systems (kinetic genome), and with microbial systems (DNA genome). This will also allow us to explore the limits of embodied top-down and bottom-up evolutionary processes in a meaningful way.