Sheffield robot swarm exhibits Turing Learning

Researchers from the University of Sheffield have created a robot swarm capable of learning how other systems work, and whose learned behaviour can pass a Turing Test. (Credit: University of Sheffield) The study, published in the journal Swarm Intelligence, could enable machines to analyse and predict both artificial and natural systems, including human behaviour. Known as Turing Learning, the approach requires no prior machine knowledge, and simply involves rewarding behaviour that is analogous to that desired, and which can fool the ‘interrogator’ in a Turing Test. “Our study uses the Turing test to reveal how a given system – not necessarily a human – works,” said Sheffield University’s Dr Roderich Gross. “In our case, we put a swarm of robots under surveillance and wanted to find out which rules caused their…


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