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Researchers Using AI To Build Robotic Bees 44

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong? dept.
An anonymous reader writes "British researchers at the Universities of Sussex and Sheffield are developing a computer model of a bee's brain that they hope can help scientists better understand the brains of more-complex animals, such as humans, and perhaps power artificial intelligence systems for bee-like robots. Called 'Green Brain,' the project is trying to advance the science of AI beyond systems that just follow a predetermined set of rules, and into an area where AI systems can actually act autonomously and respond to sensory signals."
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Researchers Using AI To Build Robotic Bees

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  • Re:Scale this up (Score:4, Interesting)

    by wierd_w (1375923) on Monday October 01, 2012 @06:53PM (#41519359)

    Logistically, if the swarm could not manufacture new units, and or, collect and repair damaged/errant units, the system has serious vulnerabilities.

    take for instance, the human greed factor.

    If there is a huge swarm of autonomous robots out scouring riverbed sandbars for teensy gold nuggets, or some other discrete but scattered and valuable resource, how long do you think it would be before unscrupulous people tried to trick the bees into dropping the cargo off at a "new" dropoff point?

    Where there is profit, there will always be dirty dealing and crime. Look at the internet for instance, with something seemingly as harmless as email. Then along came the spammer.

    Autocollecting robot swarms would be a smorgasboard for whitecollar criminals.

  • by andydread (758754) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:17PM (#41519591)
    may possibly be the approach many of these very smart researchers use. Perhaps the focus should be on developing some kind of artifical nevous system with the abitlity to learn on its own rather than trying to program for the dynamics of real world interaction. Perhaps the folks over at Boston Dynamics [bostondynamics.com] may be on to something? Not sure what its learning/memory capabilites are but it sure seems to behave like it has some kind of nervous system.

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