Archive for November, 2007

Bringing Science Fiction to the Present

Posted in Artificial Intelligence with tags , , , , on November 13, 2007 by flakki

Organic components may seem the stuff of science fiction novels, but cultured brain cells grown inVitro may be the key to a new realm of AI.

“In an Atlanta lab, minibrains in dishes can control robots and computer-simulated animals. They may provide a simple model to study how the brain changes as it learns. Georgia Tech researcher Steve Potter calls his biological-mechanical hybrids Neurally Controlled Animats. Each Animat’s “brain” consists of cultured rat neurons growing on a plate of electrodes. This live culture is linked to an artificial body—either a robotic animal or a computer-simulated one.”

Read more:
http://discovermagazine.com/2006/nov/minibrains-dishes/

Also check out the biotech driven drawings.

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Treating Robots as Equals

Posted in Culture, News, Robotics, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2007 by flakki

A new study is breaking new ground by examining the way children interact with robots. While this may seem to have more to do with psychology than software development, it does serve as an indicator of how far we are progressing towards integrating robotic technology.

“The children also treated QRIO with more care and attention than a similar-looking but inanimate robot that the researchers called Robby, which acted as a control in the experiment. Once they had grown accustomed to QRIO, they hugged it much more than Robby, who also received far more rough treatment.”

http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/dn12879-giggling-robot-becomes-one-of-the-kids-.html?feedId=online-news_rss20

More about Javier Movellan’s research:

http://mplab.ucsd.edu/wordpress/