QBO,ision, looks into a mirror and recognizes itself.
) It’s not perfect—Qbo would likely “recognize” other Qbos as itself—but it’s an important development in the only strategy that will win us the upcoming robot-human war: giving them all of our neuroses.
At Harvard University, scientists working from funds provided by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have created a soft rubber-like robot that is more flexible and maneuverable than any existing metallic model.
Since robots don’t have faces (yet…), the scientist programed each robot to signal randomly generated nose flashes to distinguish individual robots.
When the green Qbo (Daniel 123) encounters another Qbo with a different nose flash, it knows it has met another member of its “species.”.
Once Daniel 123 turns around, it encounters another blue robot (Jane 234) that it recognizes as another Qbo.
QBO Robot Learns to Recognize Itself.
Both robots are equipped with speech synthesis (Festival) and recognition (Julius) programs that allow them to exchange names and hold an extremely short–but all-so-endearing–conversation with a flirting one-liner.
The Corpra scientists go into great detail about why their purely programing experiment is just a far-away first step towards real “consciousness”–which is still entirely up for debate as to what it means and makes it happen.
But can’t we skip that all psychological and philosophical discussion already, because honestly all we want to see is some robot-on-robot interaction.
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