Chapter 5. The Brain

The next step we need to take to assemble our 21st Century Robot is to build the brain. We start with the theoretical, learning from Dr. Simon Egerton about the Creative Science Foundation’s use of unconventional tools to dream up new digital minds. Then we talk with Professor Maja Matarić and learn more about social robots. We finish with Ross Mead, who explains to us the software he’s building to make designing and programming artificial intelligence easier for everyone.

A Different Kind of Roboticist

Dr. Simon Egerton, whom we met back in Chapter 1, is not your normal kind of roboticist. For years, Simon has been researching and building robots that are meant to be social.

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