Posted on: March 11, 2020
By Arkapravo Bhaumik
Excerpted from: From AI to Robotics: Mobile, Social, and Sentient Robots, Taylor and Francis, 2018
Does the AI understand?
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In our-day-to-day activities, upon hearing one’s name, the immediate reaction is to turn the head to look in that direction. This is a cross-modality of three modes, (1) audibility and (2) feedback from the joints to (3) see the source uttering the name and focusing attention towards this event. This way, sound, vision and proprioception can help a robot develop internal states which can identify an action, object or its own-self by the sound. Cross-modality is said to be a superior functionality and a mark of conscious behavior and has been a popular model and also a tool used by various research groups. Discover more about cross-modal bindings and the Cog and Nico experiments with sound, vision and proprioception by downloading our FreeBook.
Seeing one’s image in the mirror, to identify the self is a known technique used in psychology. Human babies cannot pass the mirror test until they are around eighteen months old, and in animals only primates, elephants, and dolphins have been able to clear the test. Mirror cognition is seen to improve with incremental learning, and sets the tone to assess self-awareness in synthetic agents. Explore the ANN-controlled Khepera robots and mirror cognition experiments in our FreeBook.
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