Teaching Robots to Use Language
Equipping robots with language and learning capabilities could take some of the heat off human handlers, enabling the robots to navigate tough tasks in small groups.
What's the Latest Development?
Researchers at the University of Delaware are designing robot language that follows the same complex patterns as human language, teaching robots to communicate using their own kind of sentences. "'So a robot's 'sentence' in a sense, is just a sequence of actions that it is conducting,' said Jeffrey Heinz, a linguist at the University of Delaware. 'And there will be constraints on the kinds of sequences of actions that a robot can do.'" If a complex robot language can be developed, machines could take action without relying on a human to give commands.
What's the Big Idea?
The reseachers' idea is for robots to modify themselves, becoming more capable without humans inputting more information. "Communication between robots gives them an ability to learn about their environments and other robots, if they catalogue this incoming information. 'We would like to make the robots adaptive—learn about their environment and reconfigure themselves based on the knowledge they acquire,' explains researcher Bret Tanner, also of the University of Delaware. Each robot would have different abilities and follow a different set of rules, so the robots could work together to accomplish tasks."
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Firefighters in California are still struggling to contain several wildfires nearly one week after they broke out.
- Hundreds of people are still missing after three wildfires spread across Northern and Southern California last week.
- 48 of the 50 deaths occurred after the Camp Fire blazed through the town of Paradise, north of Sacramento.
- On Tuesday night, a fourth wildfire broke out, though it's mostly contained.
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