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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Did a US Naval Research Project Produce the 1st Self-Aware Robot?

Susan Posel 
Occupy Corporatism

The Rensselaer A.I. and Reasoning Lab (RAIR) have programed an artificial intelligence robot to be self-aware; meaning that the machine recognizes itself as an individual.

RAIR is funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in order to determine the moral reasoning abilities of robots being built right now. For the armed forces, robots that can enact moral reasoning “in real-world situations” could change the relationship between artificial intelligence and soldiers during deployment on a mission.

This program gives the robot the ability to recognize itself; however without the program, the robot cannot be self-aware in any understanding of the term.

Researchers used an NAO humanoid robot who already has the capability to independently move, recognize people, hear and distinguish conversations and “talk” back.

During the experiment, 3 NAO robots were programed to think 2 of them had been given a “dumbing pill”.

One NAO robot stands up of its own volition to explain that it does not know which of the other 2 robots has been dumbed. It is during this admission that the robot appears to recognize itself and corrects its previous statement; saying: “Sorry, I know now. I was able to prove that I was not given a dumbing pill.”

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