Our “Creative Thinking Approach” makes smarter robots by encouraging them to “think differently" about the problems they need to solve. Recent research has shown that robots learn better when you encourage them to try new things, such as rewarding them for performing an action that they have never done before. The Creative Thinking Approach goes further by encouraging robots to “think differently” about problems. Technically, this feat is accomplished by rewarding robots that have ideas they have never had before, meaning different patterns in the neurons in their simulated brains. Our research shows that the Creative Thinking Approach speeds up the ability to evolve robots that solve challenging problems.