Adelaide robotics pioneer says Terminator-like takeover unlikely

Glenelg-born professor Rodney Brooks has been described as the father of modern artificial intelligence (AI). He said his love of robotics began in 1961 when he was just six years old.”My mother found a couple of How And Why Wonder books on electricity and giant brains, which is what computers were called,” he told 891 ABC Adelaide’s Mornings program.”There were some pictures of robots in there, so I started to try and build computers and robots out of stuff in the shed.” By the time he was 12 he had created a robot that could play naughts and crosses and beat its opponent.First break on 16kb computerIn the 1970s, Professor Brooks studied for a Masters in pure mathematics at Flinders University.There, he came in contact with his first computer.”It was…


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