The Body is the Missing Link for Truly Intelligent Machines

The Body is the Missing Link for Truly Intelligent Machines

"...we should take the risks of rogue AI seriously. But I believe we’re still very far from needing to worry about anything approaching human intelligence – and we have little hope of achieving this goal unless we think carefully about how to give algorithms some kind of long-term, embodied relationship with their environment." - Ben Medlock, AEON, March 14, 2017

The Limits of Formal Learning, or Why Robots Can’t Dance

The Limits of Formal Learning, or Why Robots Can’t Dance

"Human learning is always social, embodied, and occurs in specific practical situations. Mostly, you don’t learn to dance by reading a book or by doing experiments in a laboratory. You learn it by dancing with people who are more skilled than you.

Imitation and apprenticeship are the main ways people learn. We tend to overlook that because classroom instruction has become newly important in the past century, and so more salient.

I aimed to shift emphasis from learning toward development. “Learning” implies completion: once you have learned something, you are done. “Development” is an ongoing, open-ended process. There is no final exam in dancing, after which you stop learning." - David Chapman, Nautilus Interview, September 11, 2016

Why Playing Peekaboo With Babies Is A Very Serious Matter

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Why Playing Peekaboo With Babies Is A Very Serious Matter

"Peekaboo gives babies what they want more than anything: adult attention. It allows them to learn about the most confusing and compelling mystery in their world: other people. Peekaboo’s popularity emphasises what appears to be the two key features of baby laughter: its purpose is to facilitate learning, and it is intensely social" - Casper Addyman in AEON

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