Darling, Which Of Us Is The Robot?

  • Cyberneticist Slawomir Jaroslaw Nasuto has a radiance that can only be Polish. He was born in eastern Poland, in Lublin, during the Soviet years (Stalin was embraced by the post-WWII provisional Polish government headquartered there) and is now doing ground-breaking research on the brain and embodiment at the University of Reading in the UK. Some of this work he shared weeks ago at a cognitive robotics conference in Bergamo, Italy -- where we met -- in particular his experiment with the "animat": a CLOSED-LOOP system of fetal brain cells in a dish over electrodes + computer + robot.Slawek (pronounced Suave') Nasuto was fascinated

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