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Curious Robots Will Teach Us About Ourselves

Machines programmed to explore could lead to smarter AI — and show us how to unlock capacities lying dormant in our own brains.

Illustration by Dominic Kesterton
Robots explore a baby mat in an experiment led by Pierre-Yves Oudeyer.

“This is potentially a very transformative thing for the field of artificial intelligence, and even a little bit scary.”

By exploring various movements, this robotic dog eventually learns how to crawl forward.



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Stephanie Pappas

I write about science, technology and the things people do with them.