‘Just like humans’: Robot simulation can move, interact without instruction

Artificial intelligence technologies are advancing yet again, this time creating a robot simulation that “works just like humans.” It can move and interact with other robots without any instructions. The simulation – created by Georg Martius from the Institute for Science and Technology (IST Austria) and Ralf Der from Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig – was developed as the two researchers were looking at how artificial neural networks can develop autonomous, self-directed behavior. The researchers used “bioinspired” robots in physically realistic computer simulations. The robots received sensory input from their bodies, but were not given any instructions or tasks to complete. They successfully developed sensorimotor intelligence, obtaining feedback from their surroundings to learn how to crawl, walk on changing surfaces, and cooperate with other robots.…


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