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Electronic Evolution: Research Show Robots Forming Human-like Societies [Jun. 1st, 2009|01:35 pm]
Food Pill: When science-fiction becomes reality.


"A lone group of Swiss scientists have been using scattered LEDs, neural circuity, and an army of miniature robots to explore the very basis of good and evil.  No, you aren't reading the back cover of a DVD in the "one dollar each, please get this trash out of our store" bin of your local blockbuster -this research is very real and very, very awesome."


[User Picture]From: pandoras_closet
2009-06-01 04:40 pm (UTC)
And so we survive JUdgement Day, only to face a new nightmare.
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[User Picture]From: fayanora
2009-06-02 11:44 am (UTC)
Don't forget = "Some robots advanced fearlessly into poison zones, flashing warning lights to keep other robots out of harms way."
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[User Picture]From: ejia_arath03
2009-06-01 09:11 pm (UTC)
Cool, yes, but also a mite disturbing. Still, that's why we have EMP weaponry.

...wait, do we?
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[User Picture]From: fayanora
2009-06-02 11:46 am (UTC)
OMFG!!!! That is the most awesome thing I've read all year! I've always had a fondness for machine intelligences, and especially for more realistic machine societies (IE, not just good or evil, but a mix along the spectrum). I also happen to be writing a story featuring some very humanlike machine races.
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[User Picture]From: aboyandhisrobot
2009-06-03 03:17 pm (UTC)
Wow! What a fantastic study! Thanks for posting this. :)
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[User Picture]From: hairy_mclegs
2009-06-03 08:07 pm (UTC)
I just got round to talking to my friend who works in that Swiss university department and the programmer who worked on this is actually a friend of his! Apparently he's furious with the media hype about this experiment. "the "emergence of cheats and martyrs" is actually explainable in very simple terms
with no need to talk about cheating" He did try to explain but I didn't understand it. It wasn't his best explanation ever and I expect it didn't help talking on MSN.
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[User Picture]From: midare
2009-06-13 02:00 am (UTC)
It's too bad you can't get him to post a follow up here. I for one would love to read his views on his experiment. Is there info published? In English?
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[User Picture]From: hairy_mclegs
2009-06-14 09:58 pm (UTC)

here is the unpublished paper about the work. i haven't read it yet. Please post back with your musings.
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