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Perspective: Intelligent Systems: Bits and Bots




What is intelligence, and can we create it? Animals can perceive, reason, react and learn, but they are just one example of an intelligent system. Intelligent systems could be robots as large as humans, helping with search-and- rescue operations in dangerous places, or smart devices as tiny as a cell, delivering drugs to a target within the body. Even computing systems can be intelligent, by perceiving the world, crawling the web and processing â??big dataâ?? to extract and learn from complex information.Understanding not only how intelligence can be reproduced, but also how to build systems that put these ideas into practice, will be a challenge. Small intelligent systems will require new materials and fabrication methods, as well as com- pact information processors and power sources. And for nano-sized systems, the rules change altogether. The laws of physics operate very differently at tiny scales: for a nanorobot, swimming through water is like struggling through treacle.Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have begun to solve these problems by developing new computational methods, experiment- ing with unique robotic systems and fabricating tiny, artificial propellers, like bacterial flagella, to propel nanocreations through their environment.

Author(s): Spatz, J. P. and Schaal, S.
Journal: Nature
Number (issue): 509
Year: 2014

Department(s): Autonomous Motion
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

Cross Ref: p10598
Note: clmc
URL: http://www-clmc.usc.edu/publications/S/spatz-Nature2014.pdf

Links: PDF


  title = {Perspective: Intelligent Systems: Bits and Bots},
  author = {Spatz, J. P. and Schaal, S.},
  journal = {Nature},
  number = {509},
  year = {2014},
  note = {clmc},
  crossref = {p10598},
  url = {http://www-clmc.usc.edu/publications/S/spatz-Nature2014.pdf}