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shurman-a:
Hallo!

I would like to inform you about my project of a motivated autonomous robot

1. A note on existing robots

The existing robots are neither intelligent enough nor autonomous, although many specialists say these robots are autonomous. Actually, they are only partly autonomous, because they perform only some sequences of motion and/or observations autonomously after receiving an order. In general, the activities of these robots are steered and controlled by people, and these robots do not react independently to situations in their surroundings. Known existing robots cannot judge which objects, situations and activities are important at present. Without the last property, robots can be neither intelligent nor really autonomous.

2. Project of a motivated full-autonomous robot

I developed the project of a motivated robot (denoted by aS) which has the following wished properties:

i. it works full-autonomous,
ii. it is high motivated to do his work,
iii. it knows how important is the execution of an activity at present,
iv. it can judge which objects, situations and activities are important at present,
v. it handles urgent and dangerous situations with appropriate high priority,
vi. it interrupts the current executed activity, when the execution of an other activity is more important at present,
vii. it can handle against its norm or rule, when this enables to handle against a dangerous situation and if this norm or rule is not so important,
viii. its activities may be very complex, as required for full autonomous work.

Full-autonomous robot means, that it itself decides, by means of its motivations and perceived situations, which activity it executes; of course, the robot performs a command, if its priority is high enough.
Said norms and rules(vii) protect additionally that the robot aS do not get up to mischief and that it behaves friendly towards a human.

The project of this autonomous robot aS is published by:

* WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation), in German: Determination und Kontrolle der Aktivitšten eines emotionalen Systems; Internat. Patent Application: PCT/DE2002/004172; Internat. Publication: WO 2004/044837 A1 , 27 May 2004,
* US Patent and Trademark Office, in English: Determination and control of activities of an emotional system, U.S.A. Patent No.: US 7,024,277 B2, 4 April 2006,
* UK Patent Office: UK Patent Application: GB 2409734 A; printed as Application No.: GB 0305707.2 , 06. 07. 2005.

The motivated full-autonomous robot aS contains:

* a set of needs of aS, e.g. the need to keep order in a room; such need is a domain in which the robot is active;
* rules and procedures which determine the current emotion intensities with respect to said needs;
* a set of object and situation models representing the surrounding of aS;
* a set of complex activity schemas, which the robot can execute and which use said situation models;
* a subsystem for recognition/perception of objects and situations;
* the steering and controlling subsystem which determines and controls the execution of said complex activities;
* the subsystem which executes and controls elementary motion and observation activities, which are used in said complex activity schemas.

The existing robots consist mainly of said subsystem for execution of elementary motion and observation activities.

3. What is understood by emotions and motivations of a robot?

Emotions and motivations of a robot are actually pseudo-emotions and pseudo-motivations, and they function different than human emotions and motivations. The emotions of a human are closely associated with the limbic system. The robot aS does not simulate the limbic system. Emotion intensities and motivations of a robot are calculated by simple procedures and rules.

Pseudo-emotions of the robot aS are related to emotions of a human as wings of an aeroplane to wings of a bird - these wings use the same principle of flying but they are very different.
More about the emotions of the robot      http://mywebpage.netscape.com/alschurm1

4. Does we need motivated full autonomous robots?

Robot aS considered in my invention can be used everywhere where autonomous routine work should be done; for example:
* taking care of ill or old people,
* making housemaid work,
* making routine service for clients,
* as personal assistant,
* making autonomous activities in a manufacturer, in a desert or on the moon,
* supervise a staff of robots (working e.g. in a manufacturer).

A robot making housemaid work is certainly a better solution than the so called "intelligent apartment" in which the refrigerator says which food should be bought in and the radiators guess which temperature the inhabitants would like to have. Such "intelligent apartment" (computer) can have only relative small number of internal models of objects and situations, and can execute only few activities.
The motivated full autonomous robot for housemaid works has internal models of all object and situations in the apartment, operates the devices and machines (e.g. washing machine), gets the meal, takes the dog for a walk (the silly real emotional full autonomous system dog will treat the robot as having higher status) and, in the future, goes shopping. Such a robot is indeed more comfortable, more useful and cheaper than the "intelligent apartment".
The existing robots are only the first step in manufacturing high-quality products. Full autonomous motivated robots will manufacture products in great part independent by operating and controlling other robots and machines, night and day.
More about industry robots    http://mywebpage.netscape.com/alschurm1/page5.html

Motivated full autonomous robots would be able to learn and would handle intelligently, if appropriate programs are implemented. A robot cannot actually handle intelligently without pseudo-emotions and pseudo-motivations.

5. Can the motivated full autonomous robot be made now?

The development of humanoid robots and robots playing football is so advanced, that it is only a stone`s throw to motivated full autonomous robots.
Actually, we can produce a motivated full autonomous robot from a humanoid or football robot, which can perform the elementary motion and observation activities, after some technical modifications, by implementing the method presented in my patent, in 2 - 3 years dependent on the number of specialists involved.
It is easier to make a motivated full autonomous industry robot than an other full autonomous robot, because (a) it must not look like a human and (b) the situations in its surrounding are foreseeable and its number is not so great, compared e.g. with the number of situations which a housemaid robot must store.

The existing robots in industry are only the beginning of using industry robots. In the near future, many production processes will be carried out by robots and other machines, where the motivated full autonomous robots will operate and control these machines and other robots. These robots will produce cheap products night and day. More about industry robots   http://mywebpage.netscape.com/alschurm1/page5.html

With friendly greetings

Schurmann/shurman-a

Admin:
Hmmm I know what you are getting at, but I would argue that in the end, robots will only do what you program them to do. Does not matter how advanced your program is, how good the AI is, or even if it incorporates adaptation algorithms - it will still do only what you program it to do. You could of course half-hazardly write a program with a bunch of errors and algorithms not planned out very well, and when the robot runs around it would do things that surprise you - but it will still do exactly what you program it to do if not what you planned it to do . . .

I actually tried what you talk about. My strategy was to use as many different sensors as possible (eight total, as limited by the ADC's) and integrate them with fuzzy logic (http://www.societyofrobots.com/programming_fuzzy_logic.shtml). But my program was too complex, I ran out of memory on the PIC, and quit with a functional but not yet smart robot.

its posted here if you are curious:
http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/jsp2/robotics/fuzzy/index.html

Anyway keep me updated with what you learn, I am really interested  :)

shurman-a:

You are of course right. I am not interested in so called developmental robots which use said half-hazardly written programs. First of all we should use reliable algorithms and all posibilities which are in motivated autonomous robots.

shurman-a

Gopher:
I don't really see the advantage of such autonomous robots; it's far more complex and expensive than a suite of simple robots to perform each particular task, with a simple supervisor program that is able to guide the operation of those robots with simple commands.

Don't get me wrong, though, a truly sophisticated humanoid robot is definately something I would love to have myself, but I don't see a time ever coming when there's a housekeeper bot in every home, the current approach of making the existing tools smarter and suplimenting them with a other specialized robots is just more practical.

Don't let that deter you, though, because I still really want one myself, and I have no doubt others do too!

shurman-a:
Hallo Gopher,

You write:
I don't really see the advantage of such autonomous robots; it's far more complex and expensive than a suite of simple robots to perform each particular task, with a simple supervisor program that is able to guide the operation of those robots with simple commands.
First: This supervisor program must be implemented in a robot or a computer which must send and receive many many detailed information to and from the supervised simple robots.
Second: Such supervisor program cannot be simple, if the system should work properly and autonomously - it must be intelligent enough to control and operate the simple robots; thus you must develope a supervisor/control program which would be similar to my steering/controlling method in order to operate and control the simple robots intelligently.
Third: Your proposed system of simple robots is neither cheap nor efficient; e.g. it would not be able to operate a washing machine (or you propose a special robot for operating a washing machine?).


 a truly sophisticated humanoid robot is definately something I would love to have myself, but I don't see a time ever coming when there's a housekeeper bot in every home, the current approach of making the existing tools smarter and suplimenting them with a other specialized robots is just more practical.

Once the motivated autonomous robot is produced, it would be cheap and housekeeper would use it. I think however, that it is more easy to build the motivated autonomous robot  as an industry robot (see http://mywebpage.netscape.com/alschurm1/page5.html

shurman-a

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