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Self aware robots?

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Robotics Video, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2007 by flakki

I think that’s over-inflating the title of your speech if you ask me. Still Hod Lipson’s TED conference talk on emergent order pertaining to robot locomotion was interesting. The concepts stray a little into the realm of self-indulgent pursuit of curiosity and novelty, however more the ideas could provide a base for more practical applications.

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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/