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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Fractals Show What Your Robot 'Think'
You easily know when a friend or a colleague is happy or not. Why? Because of our human senses. But what about guessing if an autonomous machine, such as a robot, is pouting because it expects new instructions, or is happily crunching data? In "Fractals show machine intentions," Technology Research News tells us that "researchers from Switzerland and South Africa have designed a visual interface that would give autonomous machines the equivalent of body language."

This interface consists of a clustered algorithm which regroups the myriads of internal states of a machine into a small number, and a fractal generator. By looking at these changing fractal images, you start to 'feel' the machine's 'thoughts.'

The first practical applications should appear within five years, while self-evolving or self-repairing robots will not come before a long time, according to the researchers. More details and references are available in this overview, including a picture showing a machine's 'thinking' evolution.
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