Robot “imagines” itself; self-awareness isn’t far

Feb 04, 2019, 7:17 AM EST
(Source: Daniel Voyager/flickr)
(Source: Daniel Voyager/flickr)

The researchers at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a robotic arm, capable of “imagining” itself without any prior knowledge of its shape or dimensions, an attribute that sets machines on path to achieving any degree of self-awareness in future.

The robotic arm, which behaved like a “babbling infant” for initial 24 hours, performed a pick-and-place task with 100 percent accuracy after 35 hours of training by its “self-stimulation,” writes Mail Online.

The study admits that the “imagination” of this robot doesn’t come near to that of humans at this stage but puts the machines on course to being self-aware, warning that the development could yield more resilient and adaptive systems requiring more caution from humans, reports Interesting Engineering.