June 25, 2008

What is a robot?

Source: CBC News

"To me a robot is something that has some physical effect on the world, but it does it based on how it senses the world and how the world changes around it. You might say that a dishwasher is a robotic system for cleaning dishes but to me it's not really. First it doesn't have any action outside the confines of its body. Secondly, it doesn't know about the dishes inside it. It just spurts hot water around and swishes it and whether there are dishes there or not doesn't affect its behaviour, so it's not really situated in the world, it's not understanding the world around it in any sort of meaningful way."

- Rodney Brooks, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory.

More on this at http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/tech/robotics/definition.html


1 comment:

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