Cognitive Robotics And Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, June 7, 2012


 Artificial Intelligence
Led by Rolf Pfeifer at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich, Switzerland,researchers say that the notion of intelligence makes no sense outside of the environment in which it operates. Pfeifer's lab created the ECCEROBOT to help test some of these notions. At this year's swissnex conference, Pfeifer spoke about his lab's work.
At the swissnex San Francisco conference earlier this year, scientists from Switzerland and the US discussed their research on humanoid robots, cognitive robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). Talk revolved around how some robots self-reflect, self-improve, and adapt to new circumstances, and whether it’s possible for robots of the future to possess the same cognitive characteristics as humans.

Rolf Pfeifer directs the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich. Together with his scientific assistant Pascal Kaufmann, Pfeifer presents current AI research and a humanoid robot in the Ecce family referred to as Cronos.

As a proponent of the embodiment hypothesis, Pfeifer believes that human intelligence is largely derived from our motor abilities, and therefore to create artificial general intelligence, a robotic body must be part of the equation.

Standard humanoid robots mimic the human form but they generally function quite differently—and their characteristics reflect this. This places severe limitations on the kinds of interactions robots can engage in, on the knowledge they can acquire about their environment, and on the nature of their cognitive engagement. Instead of copying only the outward form of a human, Cronos mimics the inner structures as well—bones, joints, muscles, and tendons—and thus has more human-like actions and interactions in the world.

SOURCE  The Robot Times

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