Tuesday, April 24, 2007

UK scientists building robot village

scientists at University of Abertay in the UK are setting up a

four-year study of 60 miniature robots in a "village" setting, and

we're hoping they've got room for a blogger or two. The bots will be

split into groups and programmed to observe and imitate one another

performing different tasks. Since the imitations will be slightly

different each time, the scientists hope to be able to develop a sort

of robot "culture" to try and understand how culture emerges in natural

and artificial societies. Then things will get really crazy, nerd

style. The scientists will alter conditions -- don't say we

didn't warn you -- to see how the robots will adapt, and will alternate

between states several times over a period of months to see just how

much they can screw with the hapless bots.

Article Link (Engadget)

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