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Many people picture artificial intelligence as robots that think, or even look, like humans. But that’s not the only form intelligence can take. Here, robotics engineer Radhika Nagpal engagingly discusses her team’s work in collective intelligence and shares hypnotic videos of small, simple robots collectively accomplishing amazing feats. getAbstract recommends this TED Talk to anyone interested in robotics, AI or science.

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Radhika Nagpal is a computer scientist and robotics engineer.

 

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Perhaps you’ve seen a school of fish swim one direction and then, moving as one, suddenly veer another way. How can hundreds of fish move like they share a single mind? That question has implications for artificial intelligence (AI). Some designers of AI aim to comprehend intelligence by devising “computational systems” in nature’s likeness. For many people, AI conjures science fiction, like the Star Wars series. Yet that’s a “human-centric view of intelligence.” Nature displays other kinds of intelligence, like the collective intelligence of a flock of birds or a school of fish. A single fish sees only a fraction of what...


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