August 27, 2009

Robots Learn to Lie

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We are not exactly sure why scientists want future robots to be more human, but every time we turn around we find someone who is doing just that. Engineers Sara Mitri and Dario Floreano, along with evolutionary biologist Laurent Keller programmed robots to find a "food source" ring located at one end of an arena. The other side had a ring that was "poisoned." Not only were the robots awarded points based on how much time they spent near either ring, they were taught to communicate with each other and lie to them about the position of the "good" food, because there was only so much room for them to feed.

This is quite an extensive study, and definitely worth a read if you are into the study of foraging and natural selection, but hey, robots don't eat, shouldn't lie, and should perhaps spend more time being buddies than adversaries.

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 27, 2009 9:10 PM
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