I think we need to get away from this idea of designing the machines manually, but actually let them evolve and learn like children.
And perhaps that’s the way we’ll get there.
Hod Lipson talks about evolving robots at TED »
Great brain candy -- video's about eight minutes long. The ideas that Lipson touches upon remind me of Theo Jansen's ideas, albeit as applied to freaky PVC piping creatures.
BTW: Jansen spoke at TED too, and he's on YouTube »
(Ignoring the nurdle problem.)