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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Robots with Sense of Self?

We often found it useful, when modeling a conversation to introduce the 'self' aspect for concepts like memory, context and goals.    These were not for guiding physical robots, but robotic processes.    Still useful for noting and evaluating competitive goals and options.   Also elements of risk to individual 'selves'.  Might also be used in the 'digital twin' concepts when modeling human behavior?  Article below made me think of how the concept could be used.

Can robots ever have a true sense of self? Scientists are making progress  by Vishwanathan Mohan, in TechExplore

Having a sense of self lies at the heart of what it means to be human. Without it, we couldn't navigate, interact, empathise or ultimately survive in an ever-changing, complex world of others. We need a sense of self when we are taking action, but also when we are anticipating the consequences of potential actions, by ourselves or others.

Given that we want to incorporate robots into our social world, it's no wonder that creating a sense of self in artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the ultimate goals for researchers in the field. If these machines are to be our carers or companions, they must inevitably have an ability to put themselves in our shoes. While scientists are still a long way from creating robots with a human-like sense of self, they are getting closer.

Researchers behind a new study, published in Science Robotics, have developed a robotic arm with knowledge of its physical form – a basic sense of self. This is nevertheless an important step. ... " 

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