Robots show 'intelligent behaviours seen in living organisms' in AI breakthrough
Robots show 'intelligent behaviours seen
in living organisms' in AI breakthrough
University of Bristol researchers say "life-like" AI is coming
University of Bristol researchers say "life-like" AI is coming after they claim to have found a new way of embedding computation into soft robotics.
This paves the way for robots making their own decisions and adapting to their own environment.
And Professor of Robotics, Jonathan Rossiter, says this marks a major breakthrough in the intelligence of robotics.
Prof Rossiter said: "We have taken an important step toward entirely soft, autonomous robots and for smart materials to move beyond stimulus-response relationships which could enable the intelligent behaviours seen in living organisms.
"Soft robots could become even more life-like; capable of independently adapting to their environment and can demonstrate the diversity of behaviours seen in the natural world."
Researchers add it opens the possibility of robots being used in environmental monitoring, pollution clean-up, drug delivery, prosthetic devices, wearable biosensing and self-healing composites.
The concept, titled Soft Matter Computers (SMC), wants to mirror how the vascular system works, with hormones including adrenaline released into the bloodstream.
Then, when detected, the hormones trigger responses in certain areas of the body including blood flow to flight muscles and dilation of pupils.
Researchers say this could be achieved by transmitting information using fluidic tape that travels around the body of the robot before generating an output.
It follows a wave of robotic advancements, including a new sex robot equipped with "full artificial intelligence".