Moravec bush robots! A design for fractal branching ultra dextrous robots, proposed by Hans Moravec:

http://www.islandone.org/MMSG/HansMoravecRobotBush.html

Image 1: Woefully unsourced! Clipped from a scanned PDF, more than likely… possibly from Mind Children by Hans Moravec?

Image 2Moravec, Hans; Easudes, Jesse; Dellaert, Frank (1999). “Fractal branching ultra-dexterous robots (Bush robots)”. NASA Advanced Concepts Research Project. PR-Number 10-86888.

(Wikipedia on Bush robots)

“What I am trying to do. As a conscious means of hopefully competent participation by humanity in its own evolutionary trending while employing only the unique advantages inhering exclusively to the individual who takes and maintains the economic initiative in the face of the formidable physical capital and credit advantages of the massive corporations and political states I seek through comprehensively anticipatory design science and its reduction to physical practice to reform the environment instead of trying to reform man also intend thereby to accomplish prototyped capabilities of doing more with less whereby in turn the wealth-regenerating prospects of such design-science augmentations will induce their spontaneous and economically successful production by world-around industrialization’s managers all of which chain reaction-provoking events will both permit and induce all humanity to realize full lasting economic and physical success plus enjoyment of all the Earth without one individual interfering with or being advantaged at the expense of another.”

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— Buckminster Fuller, Earth Inc. (1973)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckminster_Fuller

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Buckminster_Fuller