How the Body Shapes the Way We Think: A New View of by Josh Bongard, Rolf Pfeifer

By Josh Bongard, Rolf Pfeifer

How may the physique effect our considering whilst it kind of feels visible that the mind controls the physique? In How the physique Shapes the way in which we predict, Rolf Pfeifer and Josh Bongard display that proposal isn't autonomous of the physique yet is tightly limited, and whilst enabled, by means of it. They argue that the types of techniques we're able to have their beginning in our embodiment--in our morphology and the fabric houses of our bodies.This the most important idea of embodiment underlies primary adjustments within the box of synthetic intelligence over the last 20 years, and Pfeifer and Bongard use the elemental method of synthetic intelligence--"understanding by means of building"--to describe their insights. If we know how to layout and construct clever structures, they cause, we'll higher comprehend intelligence in most cases. In obtainable, nontechnical language, and utilizing many examples, they introduce the elemental suggestions by means of construction on fresh advancements in robotics, biology, neuroscience, and psychology to stipulate a potential concept of intelligence. They illustrate functions of the sort of conception in ubiquitous computing, enterprise and administration, and the psychology of human reminiscence. Embodied intelligence, as defined through Pfeifer and Bongard, has vital implications for our knowing of either ordinary and synthetic intelligence.

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Experience has shown that building a real physical system always yields the most new insights. It is easy to “cheat” with simulation: a real-world walking agent, like a human or a physical robot, has to somehow deal with bumps in the ground, while this problem can be ignored in a simulation (where each problem has to be explicitly 22 I. Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Embodiment, and What the Book Is About programmed in). The synthetic methodology contrasts with the more classical analytical ways of proceeding as in biology, psychology, or neuroscience, where an animal or human is analyzed in detail by performing experiments on it.

Every week, the last half hour of these global lectures was devoted to the presentation of the latest research in the field of artificial intelligence, mostly from Japanese researchers. Most of these top-notch researchers presented robots that locomote: robots that move like snakes, or twolegged robots that walk like humans, or that can stand up from a lyingdown position. This observation raises the question of what this walking and locomotion business has to do with intelligence; with thinking.

Like intelligence, memory is a very important but still poorly understood phenomenon. For this reason we have devoted an entire chapter (chapter 10) to memory. Moreover, we believe that the perspective of embodiment developed in this book may clarify at least some of the issues surrounding memory and, more generally, intelligence. 3 Defining Intelligence So intelligence is important, sensitive, and mysterious, but what is it really? We start from the assumption that everyone has a good intuition of what intelligence is all about.

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