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DARPA building robots with 'real' brains

By T.K. Randall
April 13, 2013 · Comment icon 51 comments



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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. Scientists have pursued that elusive goal for decades, and they believe they are now just inches away from the finish line.


Source: National Defense Magazine | Comments (51)


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Comment icon #42 Posted by seeder 10 years ago
But even with the human brain there is a big difference in how we learn and how emotions are created. Majority of our emotions are created by electro-chemical reactions, something this robot brain wouldn't have. The main reason human slaves would rebel is because of emotions or pain. Human slave muscles ache, their hands and feet hurt, they don't get much sleep or food which makes them angry and sad. Which leads to rebelling, which might make their lives better. Now a robot that is just designed to learn basic things on its own is unlikely to rebel. It feels no pain, has no memories outside it... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by DKO 10 years ago
Agreed, and well said! Cheers mate. It is an enjoyable topic I like to think about though.
Comment icon #44 Posted by seeder 10 years ago
Cheers mate. It is an enjoyable topic I like to think about though. 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 10 years ago
What happens when the other side captures one, then reprograms it ?.
Comment icon #46 Posted by FlyingAngel 10 years ago
But even with the human brain there is a big difference in how we learn and how emotions are created. Majority of our emotions are created by electro-chemical reactions, something this robot brain wouldn't have. 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... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by Zerocoder 10 years ago
DARPA seem obsessed with creating killer military robots. What concerns me is whose going to take responsibility if the programming goes wrong and a robot ends up killing innocent civilians. The perfect opportunity to get away with murder. 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 10 years ago
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 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 9 years ago
I think this is a new video. Meet Atlas http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/aboutrobots.aspx ATLAS is a hydraulically powered robot in the form of an adult human. It is capable of a variety of natural movements, including dynamic walking, calisthenics and user-programmed behavior. Based on the Petman humanoid robot platform, Atlas was modified to meet the needs of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Near-human anthropometry 2 arms, 2 legs, torso and head. 28 hydraulically actuated joints with closed-loop position & force control On-board real time control computer Electric power & network te... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by -M7 9 years ago
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: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=253662 They literally got the brains, now they just got to program them...Then implement them.
Comment icon #51 Posted by g00dfella 9 years ago
misleading article title...


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