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DARPA building robots with 'real' brains

Posted on Saturday, 13 April, 2013 | Comment icon 51 comments | News tip by: seeder

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A Pentagon-funded research team has created a device that allows robots to think for themselves.

True artificial intelligence is perhaps still a long way off, but finding ways to make robots think and act autonomously without requiring pre-programmed responses and actions has been a goal of roboticists for years. Now a team lead by Professor James K. Gimzewski believes they may have the answer - a technology known as "physical intelligence" that could be the key to making truly autonomous machines.

The device consists of nano-scale interconnected wires capable of performing billions of connections and remembering information like a human brain. Unlike conventional robots, a machine equipped with this mechanism would be capable of operating without the need for instructions from human operators.

"The next frontier for the robotics industry is to build machines that think like humans."

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Comment icon #42 Posted by seeder on 15 April, 2013, 6:40
Agreed, and well said!
Comment icon #43 Posted by DKO on 15 April, 2013, 6:47
Cheers mate. It is an enjoyable topic I like to think about though.
Comment icon #44 Posted by seeder on 15 April, 2013, 6:57
No worries mate, yeh I love the whole subject of robots, fascinates me...but not in an eery way... Ive been watching this the past 10 mins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3PHQP_bju0 dont know how it will end up but posting it all the same for the bot lovers!!
Comment icon #45 Posted by spud the mackem on 15 April, 2013, 8:38
What happens when the other side captures one, then reprograms it ?.
Comment icon #46 Posted by FlyingAngel on 15 April, 2013, 19:24
For now there's a big difference, I'm not saying that today we can build a real artificial brain. But later in the late future they will. What is an electro-chimical reactions anyway? It's just 2 or more neuron cells connected to each other, communicated to each other. For what? To send information from one cell to another cell. Robots don't need a biological connector and storage, all they need is some kind of metal storage (like a RAM or hard drive of a computer) and a cable to send information. For now they don't have emotions, but taking in consideration that it... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by Zerocoder on 16 April, 2013, 15:11
or a perfect way to become Immortal the one who takes responsibility will be remembered for thousends of years Example like now we study Roman History, in the future they study this time
Comment icon #48 Posted by FlyingAngel on 16 April, 2013, 18:23
Who will/can remember when the robots erase all humans? Oh, maybe some robots will remember him as their creator like God.
Comment icon #49 Posted by F3SS on 30 August, 2013, 2:18
I think this is a new video. Meet Atlas http://youtu.be/zkBnFPBV3f0
Comment icon #50 Posted by -M7 on 1 September, 2013, 21:58
The whole robot topic always gets complicated. But back to the topic at hand: This topic is just about them basically developing brains...Probably to house the AIs. And as mentioned in this forum topic: They literally got the brains, now they just got to program them...Then implement them.
Comment icon #51 Posted by g00dfella on 2 September, 2013, 0:46
misleading article title...

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