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Researchers Propose 'Physical AI' As Key To Lifelike Robots


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Researchers at Imperial College London have proposed "physical artificial intelligence" as a new multidisciplinary area of research that could be vital to producing lifelike intelligent robots in the future.

In "Skills for Physical Artificial Intelligence," published in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, the team argues that teaching materials science, mechanical engineering, computer science, biology, and chemistry as a combined discipline would help students and researchers develop lifelike artificially intelligent robots.

This combined discipline of "physical AI" could effectively be the missing link in the attempt to create artificially intelligent robots that look and behave like humans, the team suggests.

"The development of robot 'bodies' has significantly lagged behind the development of robot 'brains,'" says Professor Mirko Kovac, of Imperial College London and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.

The team urges a greater focus on the development of novel materials and structures for building robots' bodies, as well as on the co-development of functional body morphologies and intelligent control and sensor systems.

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