Robots Who Grow up to be Mathematicians

Posted 11 Mar 2009 at 21:11 UTC (updated 11 Mar 2009 at 21:12 UTC) by steve Share This

A NewScientist article summarizes a new paper by philosopher and AI expert Aaron Sloman that appears in Artificial Intelligence journal. Sloman has been working on understanding how children develop mathematical understanding and believes it should be possible to create a robot designed to work the same way. He notes, "humans brains don't work by magic, so whatever it is they do should be doable by machine." To figure out how to do it by machine, Sloman has been identifying exactly which capabilities a child's brain uses to grasp mathematical ideas. He sites numerous examples where simple empirical childhood experiences spark understanding of specific mathematical principles; playing with cups teaches the brain transitivity and topology. For more on Sloman's work, check out his webpage on toddler theorems.

haha, posted 12 Mar 2009 at 01:10 UTC by spirit » (Journeyer)

"When a young robot decides that it wants to study philosophy in order to be able to think clearly about how to look after people who need care, will Scottish universities let it in, without demanding a top up fee?

I hope so! "

well, my 7 hear-old talks convincingly 'I AM A ROBOT. I AM A ROBOT'. I sense he knows there may be an agreement in store for him with Prof Aaron Sloman.

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