donderdag, februari 03, 2005

Robots that can feel, reason and desire

Sex and the single robot (article in Britisch newspaper)
Coming soon: a thinking, feeling robot: Just like humans (more elaborate article)

Scientists have made them walk and talk. There are even robots that can run. But a South Korean professor is poised to take their development several steps further, and give cybersex new meaning.

Kim Jong-Hwan, the director of the ITRC-Intelligent Robot Research Centre, has developed a series of artificial chromosomes that, he says, will allow robots to feel lusty, and could eventually lead to them reproducing. He says the software, which will be installed in a robot within the next three months, will give the machines the ability to feel, reason and desire.

Jarno says: 'Not that this has anything to do with robots that feel the need to reproduce, but on January 12 I posted an article which stated that robot manufacturers aim to build a "team of soccer-playing robots" that will beat the human world champion team before 2050. I would be satisfied with the Dutch just beating the Germans any time prior to 2050..'

Anyway, also check out:
FIRA (Federation of International Robosoccer Association)
IROC (International Robot Olympiad Committee)