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.


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 🙂


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

 Big Dog

Big Dog is one of the most advanced adaptive robots


 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?


“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.


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.



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