A “Cambrian Explosion” in Robotics?

Here’s a fascinating and revealing analogy. IEEE Spectrum, published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, republishes an article from the current issue of another scholarly publication, the Journal of Economic Perspectives. The title almost says it all: “Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming for Robotics?” We’ve expressed skepticism before about what the future of AI really holds (see, for example, “Group Delusions Aside, Sentient Robots Aren’t on the Way”). But grant them their premises. Robotics, specifically Artificial Intelligence, is held up by certain problems facing researchers in the field: The key problems in robot capability yet to be solved are those of generalizable knowledge representation and of cognition based on that representation. How can computer memories represent knowledge to be retrieved by memory-based methods so that similar but not…


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