Research and development of conscious robot mirror image cognition experiments using small robots

Takashi Komatsu, Junichi Takeno

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Abstract

The authors are trying to transplant a function similar to human consciousness into a robot to elucidate the mystery of human consciousness. While there is no universally accepted definition of consciousness, we believe that a consistency of cognition and behavior generates consciousness, based on the knowledge we gained in such fields as brain science and philosophy in the course of our study. Based on this idea, we have developed a module, named MoNAD, which comprises recurrent neural networks and can be used to elucidate the phenomena of human consciousness. We focused on mirror image cognition and imitation behavior, which are said to be high-level functions of human consciousness, and conducted experiments that had the robot imitate the behavior of its mirror image. This paper reports on the results of our additional tests using a new type of robot and basic experiments on discriminating a part of the self from another robot. We found that our experiments on mirror image cognition did not depend on the type of robot used, however the time delay when transmitting control signals to the other robot was an important factor that affected our evaluation of the robot's discriminating the self from the other robots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICAART 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Proceedings
Pages479-482
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2010
Event2nd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, ICAART 2010 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 22 Jan 201024 Jan 2010

Publication series

NameICAART 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Proceedings
Volume1

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, ICAART 2010
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period22/01/1024/01/10

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Keywords

  • Cognition and behavior
  • Consciousness
  • Mirror image
  • Neural networks
  • Robotics
  • Self aware

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Komatsu, T., & Takeno, J. (2010). Research and development of conscious robot mirror image cognition experiments using small robots. In ICAART 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Proceedings (pp. 479-482). (ICAART 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Proceedings; Vol. 1).