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“Biology is not destiny. It was never more than tendency. It was just nature’s first quick and dirty way to compute with meat. Chips are destiny.”
~ Bart Kosko (a fuzzy logic theorist)
Marvin Minsky, one of the fathers of artificial intelligence at MIT, wrote his very famous 1994 article “Will robots inherit the Earth?” in Scientific American. Here, he concludes: “Yes, but they will be our children.”
Can computers understand emotions? Can computers express emotions? Can they feel emotions? The latest video from the University of Cambridge shows how emotions can be used to improve interaction between humans and computers.
Imagine a future with autonomous software and robots.
The word “robot” was created in 1921 by the Czech playwright Karel Capek in his book RUR (Rossum’s Universal Robots). It was immortalized in 1950 by Isaac Asimov in his book I, Robot. Throughout his fiction, Asimov addressed the integration of robots into society. To this end, he developed the famous Three Laws of Robotics. Asimov eventually improved his system and extrapolated the Zeroth Law: A robot may not injure humanity or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. He also modified the other Three Laws accordingly.
It is very likely that robots will also be designed on the human scale, our compulsions will be to make robots resemble humans, to replace human labor. Mass produced robots will compete with human capabilities, many today’s jobs will be lost.
Today we’re building emotionally intelligent computers as Prof Peter Robinson stated in the article, and exploring how computers can be developed to react to human emotion, in the manner of one friend speaking to another.
In the future, software, in time, will be able to model key components of human intelligence: understanding and intuition.
What is understanding? Is it not a process of identifying, remembering and recalling the patterns in the interaction of objects?
What is intuition? Is it not a pattern recognition algorithm, which can extract contextual answers from that memory within milliseconds?
The human brain has a certain memory capacity, software is able to store a lot more data and retrieve it in real time.
Imagine an autonomous software that will allow a robot to think on its own, identify problems and possible hazards, determine areas of interest and prioritize targets for a close-up look.
Imagine a future with robots capable of working independently and as part of a larger team.
Watch my selection of videos Robotics & Computers
Related Topics :
(1) Bart Kosko Home Page
(2) Marvin Minsky Home Page
(3) Isaac Asimov Page
(4) The Rights of Robots: Technology, Culture and Law in the 21ST Century
(5) Robot scientists ‘can think for themselves’
(6) Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man
(7) How Much Information Can The Brain Hold? Test Your Memory
(8) Futurology: The tricky art of knowing what will happen next