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Stigmergy in a water environment

This is the first time I’ve come across discussion of stigmergy in a fluid (water) context. Check out this freely available paper here. Stigmergy is a biological phenomenon that has been adopted by robotics, referring to environmentally mediated communication where information about building actions is encoded in the partially built structure. For example, beavers build…

RoboCup 2018 Montreal

The forthcoming RoboCup football (soccer) tournament in Montreal promises to be the largest yet. When established in 1997, the original mission was to field a team of robots capable of winning against the human soccer World Cup champions by 2050. Artificial intelligenceCognitive sciencecomplexitycomputational intelligenceEmbodied cognitionroboticsStigmergy

Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind

Publisher’s blurb: “How is it that thoroughly physical material beings such as ourselves can think, dream, feel, create and understand ideas, theories and concepts? How does mere matter give rise to all these non-material mental states, including consciousness itself? An answer to this central question of our existence is emerging at the busy intersection of…

Army ants ‘mind the gap’ efficiently

BBC popular write up of Simon Garnier’s co-authored Army ants dynamically adjust living bridges in response to a cost–benefit trade-off. antscollective behaviorcomplexitydistributed cognitionoptimizationroboticsself-assemblySelf-organizationSimon GarnierSpontaneous orderStigmergySwarm intelligence

Can you really upload your mind?

Radio discussion on ABC’s The Philosopher’s Zone Self/less— a film currently doing the rounds—entertains the idea of digital immortality. It might be a work of science fiction but what it portrays is gaining serious traction in the real world. A number of philosophers, neuroscientists, and assorted futurists believe that by mid century a safe form…