Artificial Intelligence

John Pavlus writes on Science fiction has long played with the idea of projecting unified personalities/minds/”souls” into different bodies. The premise is baked into the plots of stories like Avatar and…

Artificial Intelligence researcher Jurgen Schmidhuber says his main scientific ambition “is to build an optimal scientist, then retire!”

The Cognitive Robotics professor has worked on problems including artificial ants and even robots that are taught how to tie shoelaces using reinforcement learning, but he believes algorithms can be written that allow the programming of curiosity itself. And he offers a fascinating metaphor for life after the development of AI.”It’s a bit like asking an ant of 10 million years ago: If humans were created tomorrow, what sort of implications do you think that would have for all the ant colonies?

Jürgen Schmidhuber at Singularity Summit 2009 – Compression Progress: The Algorithmic Principle Behind Curiosity and Creativity from Michael Anissimov on Vimeo.

“In hindsight we know that many ant colonies are still doing fine, but some of them (for example, those in my house) have goal conflicts with humans, and live dangerously.”

He’s also created art using algorithmic information theory, and describes the simple algorithmic principle that underlies subjective beauty and creativity…

Video in this article shows the “Heartlander,” a miniature mobile robot that delivers therapy to the surface of a beating heart…using a joystick! Like the Star Wars 2-1B series medical droid, real medical robots can now provide surgery that’s minimally invasive — or even performed remotely — while offering greater precision, decreased blood loss, and smaller incisions with quicker healing time and less pain.

Other examples include the ViRob, a tiny “millibot” 1 millimeter in diameter and 5 millimeters long that can travel inside the human body to collect tissue samples, deliver medicine…

Ben Goertzel, the CEO of artificial intelligence company Novamente, asks whether machines will ever really feel, in the same sense that humans do? “This is a separate question from whether machines can…

Swiss researchers simulated evolution with multiple generations of food-seeking robots in a new study of artificial swarm intellgence, and “Under some conditions, sophisticated communication evolved,” says one researcher.

And in a more recent study, the swarms of bots didn’t just evolve cooperative strategies they also evolved the ability to deceive. (“Forget zombies,” joked one commenter. “This is the real threat.”)

“The study of artificial swarm intelligence provides insight into the nature of intelligence in general, and offers an interesting perspective on the nature of Darwinian selection, competition, and cooperation.”

And there’s also some cool video of the bots in action: