19
Feb
08

Restricted robots

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The subtle manipulation of objects is a pressing challenge in robotics. To convey the problems researchers face Martin Postler is using this workshop to create a glove to restrict movement. This forces people to think about the complexities present in apparently simple tasks (pictured below) and highlights the importance of good design within robotics.

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It also raises the interesting question: To what extent is intelligence embodied? If we could build a robot with the physical senses and capabilities of a human being (artificial muscles, an incredibly sensitive sense of touch etc…), how much intelligence would we need? Personally, I feel that quite a lot or AI within robotics is developed to overcome the robots own physical limitations. As increasingly sophisticated engineering solutions become available we may discover that intelligence is simpler than we realised.

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