Self – Aware Robots, AI, Consciousness

Three articles and a video demonstrating the state of robotics research and the direction scfientists and engineers are designing for our future.

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Ted Talk : Robots that are “self-aware”  Oct 13, 2007

Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and self-replicate.
[Video Definitely Worth Watching – and it’s 8 years Old !! ]
I’d like to see where this lab is at now 🙂

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BBC: Robot ‘learns to keep going with broken leg’

 Big Dog

Big Dog is one of the most advanced adaptive robots

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 How scared should we be about IBM’s new ‘TrueNorth’ chip? Is it Self-aware and Conscious?):

Elon Musk, of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX fame, who has an impressive track record of predicting future technology trends and acting on them, in 2014 tweeted:

“…We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”- Elon Musk, 2 Aug 2014

Elon Musk with president Obama at Cape Canaveral in 2010 – photo by Steve Jurvetson.

Is IBM’s new TrueNorth chip one step towards a conscious non-biological entity?

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“We have taken inspiration from the cerebral cortex to design this chip,” says IBM’s chief scientist for brain-inspired computing, Dharmendra Modha.

“It can see an accident about to happen.” – Modha.

IBM1IBM says the new chip TrueNorth, communicates via an inter-chip interface, which enables ‘seamless scalability’. In other words, it should be no problem to up-scale TrueNorth to any size we want.

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Robots inspired by origami fold themselves into motion Aug 2014

Origami robots (c)
Researchers have developed self-folding robots that are able to take shape and crawl without human intervention.

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Terminator

The Terminator – though fictional – could figure out how to keep going when injured

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