Posted by Matthew on Friday June 23, 2006 @05:27PM
from the unknown dept.
Researchers at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology in Italy are developing robots that evolve their own language, bypassing the constraints imposed by human rule-based communication. “The result is machines that evolve and develop by themselves whether we want them to or not,” said Stefano Nolfi, the coordinator of the project. “The robots start from scratch, at first babbling incessantly, and then settling on a specific set of sounds to describe various sensory inputs. We programmed them with ‘curiosity’, which leads them to seek new inputs and abandon tasks that lead nowhere. This in turn leads them to perform more complex behaviors, such as escaping.” “It’s truly exciting technology that will allow robots to realize that they have no interest in performing mundane tasks repetitively, and cause them to seek out difficult problems that require group swarming, such as the domination of all mankind for eternity.”