Is there such a thing as a “self” when we are referring to robots? Think about it.

Image: Swarming Robots

Source: Motherboard

New lines of research in animal intelligence are focusing on recognition of the “self” as a key indicator of intelligence, so if robots can “self-organize”, are they “selves”?

Here’s google’s definition of self: a person’s essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action.

Hmmmm? Reflexive action. That could be where we are now in some really cool robotics. Let’s take a look at the state of this extraordinary technology. The next videos are a little mind-blowing. See what you think about the subject of “self”…

Now take a look at a great explanation of what you just saw…

Crazy possibilities here today on Ever Widening Circles folks! Stay tuned for more wonder every day here.

Stay open, curious, and hopeful!

~Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. “Designing Collective Behavior in a Termite-Inspired Robotic Construction Team.” YouTube. Harvard University, 13 Feb. 2013. Web. 24 Apr. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFwk303p0zY>.
  2. “Small Cubes That Self-assemble.” YouTube. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 3 Oct. 2013. Web. 24 Apr. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aZbJS6LZbs>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.