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like those in movies? Experts weigh in

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2 days ago by dtomoff
How to Build Self-Conscious Artificial Intelligence | WIRED
Very good.


“Perhaps the best thing to come from AI research isn’t an understanding of computers, but rather an understanding of ourselves. The challenges we face in building machines that think highlight the various little miracles of our own biochemical goo. They also highlight our deficiencies. To replicate ourselves, we have to first embrace both the miracles and the foibles.”


“The third component is a bit more unusual, and I don’t know why anyone would build one except to reproduce evolution’s botched mess. This final component is a separate part of the machine that observes the rest of its body and makes up stories about what it’s doing—stories that are usually wrong.”


“Sue guessing what Juan is thinking is known as First Order Theory of Mind. It gets more complex. Sue might also be curious about what Juan thinks of her. This is Second Order Theory of Mind, and it is the root of most of our neuroses and perseverate thinking. “Does Juan think I’m smart?” “Does Juan like me?” “Does Juan wish me harm?” “Is Juan in a good or bad mood because of something I did?”

Questions like these should sound very, very familiar. We fill our days with them. And that’s just the beginning.

Third Order Theory of Mind would be for Sue to wonder what Juan thinks Josette thinks about Tom. More simply, does Tom know Josette is into him? Or Sue might wonder what Josette thinks Juan thinks about Sue. Is Josette jealous, in other words? This starts to sound confusing, the listing of several names and all the “thinking about” thrown in there like glue, but this is what we preoccupy our minds with more than any other conscious-level sort of thinking. We hardly stop doing it. We might call it gossip, or socializing, but our brains consider this their main duty—their primary function. There is speculation that Theory of Mind, and not tool use, is the reason for the relative size of our brains in the first place.”

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2 days ago by alexpriest
Man Made - Future of work
Quite rightly, we stand back in amazement at the progress artificial intelligence is making day by day. This week news broke that doctors in Holland had performed the first robot assisted supermicrosurgery. Our minds boggle at the possibilities, the potential, and the risks.
robots  futureofwork  health 
4 days ago by dancall
Inside robotics at X – The Team at X
Machine Learning +Robots = new approaches to humanity’s big problems
robotics  google  robots  artificialintelligence 
4 days ago by jorgebarba
MegaBots and Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s giant robots are finally fighting next week
MegaBot’s Eagle Prime is a 16-foot tall bot, weighing in at 12 tons. Suidobashi’s Kuratas, meanwhile, is a relative welterweight, at 13 feet and 6.5 tons. The 20 ton real life Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots will be streamed live on Twitch, starting at 7:00 PM PT on the 17th. The action will then be uploaded to the MegaBots YouTube and Facebook pages immediately after for posterity.
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4 days ago by seaugust
Mattel releases biologically inspired foldable robot bugs
Each $50 robot features an accelerometer, gyroscope and an IR transmitter and receiver that allow them to interact with their surroundings and one another for games like freeze tag and “sumo,” in which they relentlessly bash into one another. They can also be controlled remotely through the mobile app, or preprogrammed with a basic coding application designed to teach some programming basics.
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4 days ago by seaugust
Sony Aibo is reportedly returning with Amazon Echo-like features
The robot is said to be a little bit Aibo, a little Amazon Echo, patrolling the home like a dog, while responding to voice commands and controlling smart home appliances.
ss  robots  iot  ears 
4 days ago by seaugust
Voyage’s first self-driving car deployment – Voyage
At Voyage, we’re working to bring about a world where anyone, anywhere can summon a totally driverless and extremely affordable car to their doorstep. Today marks a big step towards accomplishing that mission: We have deployed our first self-driving taxi service at The Villages, a retirement community in San Jose, CA.
This amazing community has over 4,000 residents, 15 miles of challenging road, and tons of points of interest. Residents can summon one of three Voyage self-driving cars, and travel effortlessly and autonomously around the community.
automotive  robots  casestudies 
5 days ago by dancall
Robot-kicks – Contagious I/O
Adidas has announced the first major commercial project to be undertaken by the Speedfactory, the brand’s bespoke robot manufacturing process.
robots  sportswear  makers 
5 days ago by dancall

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