Week 7/ Artificial Robot

The topic I found really interesting from this week’s reading was the Artificial life. Artificial life is actually covered a very wide field.  In the reading artificial life was defined as a field of study devoted to understanding life by attempting to abstract the fundamental dynamical principles underlying biological phenomena, and recreating these dynamics in other physical media—such as computers—making them accessible to new kinds of experimental manipulation and testing. . . . In addition to providing new ways to study the biological phenomena associated with life here on Earth, life-as-we-know-it, Artificial Life allows us to extend our studies to the larger domain of “bio-logic” of possible life, life-as-it-could- be”(Wilson 303). Artificial life contains topics from many science field such as mathematics and algorithms. It expanded “life form” that life will be no longer limited in biology field. Moreover, it let people to think what is life and how we define the term “life”. Is life can only appear as carbon based? Or artificial life can be count as a form of life?

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In the reading it mentioned about Michael Grey’s A-Life jellyfish. The A-Life Jellyfish was defined as the “aesthetic product of the confluence of a computational process that generates the simulated morphogenesis of forms, and an interpretive process that ascribes meaning and significance to them from the perspective of a human observer”(Wilson 306). Also graduated students from Virginia Tech invented a similar Life-like, autonomous robotic jellyfish for U.S navy. The robotic jellyfish copied the movement of the real jellyfish and can be last in the ocean for a long time. The skin of the jellyfish was made of silicon and it has eight “legs”. In the future, the robotic jellyfish could do jobs such as conducting military surveillance,  cleaning oil spills, or monitoring the environment.

In my opinion, artificial life was intend to increase human working efficiency. It can replace jobs that are repetitive or dangerous. In Tim Urban’s article, The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence, it mentioned that people are still developing artificial robot. However, in the future, superintelligence robot may appear and it may be smarter than actual human. The Einstein robot created by UCSD members allowed people to interact with artificial life better. I believe, in the future, artificial life will become widely used and common in our daily life.

-Liwei Wang


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