We are witnessing the emergence of a new commercial industry with tremendous potential. There are no areas that are beyond improvement by AI – no tasks that cannot be automated, no problems that cannot at least be helped by an AI application.
But is this strictly true? Research in the new field of developmental robotics is now exploring how robots can learn from scratch, like infants. The first stages involve discovering the properties of passive objects and the “physics” of the robot’s world.
So, while disembodied AI definitely has a fundamental limitation, future research with robot bodies may one day help create lasting, empathetic, social interactions between AI and humans.MORE COMMENT