The Weekly Stripe – 08.11.19
This week’s links explore the relationship between minds, bodies and machines, through a series of links that chart the development of the fields of robots and AI.
Alan Winfield, a British roboticist, has published widely on the idea of robot intelligence. This is an excellent, short paper setting out how we might judge intelligence in robotic form.
In the 18th century automata, like Jacques Vaucanson’s Defecating Duck, were popular playthings, but also embodiments of a mechanistic view of the universe and bodies.
Shakey the Robot (1966-72) was the first mobile, autonomous robot and one which was equipped with vision, capable of mapping its surroundings, solving problems, and which could be addressed in natural-language English.
The founder of brilliant UK-based AI company SwiftKey Ben Medlock on the body as the missing link in the quest for intelligent machines.
Taking the mind-body link to a new level through a major scientific breakthrough, this exo-skeleton allows a paralysed man to regain some mobility.