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These reasoning programs will be the far more sophisticated descendants of today’s theorem provers and expert systems, which mimic human reasoning to make medical diagnoses, schedule routes, make financial decisions, configure computer systems, analyze seismic data to locate oil deposits and so on. Properly educated, the resulting robots will become quite formidable. In fact, I am sure they will outperform us in any conceivable area of endeavor, intellectual or physical. Inevitably, such a development will lead to a fundamental restructuring of our society.

Tucked into the rear of the dog’s torso is a 200-megahertz microprocessor with 32 megabytes of main memory. ) Sensors scattered throughout the dog’s anatomy relay signals to the microprocessor, thus mimicking a flesh-and-blood nervous system. To simulate a sense of vision, for example, a transceiver in Aibo’s head shines an infrared beam at nearby objects to gauge their distance; this information helps the robot avoid walking into walls. Aibo can perceive colors as well: in its muzzle is a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) imager that gives the dog a 40,000-pixel view of the world.

We now have a test program that accumulates thousands of measurements from stereoscopic camera glimpses to map a room’s volume down to centimeter-scale. With 1,000 MIPS, the program digests over a glimpse per second, adequate for slow indoor travel. 0 O ne thousand MIPS is only now appearing in high-end desktop PCs. In a few years it will be found in laptops and similar smaller, cheaper computers fit for robots. To prepare for that day, we recently began an intensive three-year project to develop a prototype for commercial products based on such a computer.

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