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Un centauro artificiale italiano

Vi ricordate l’Istituto italiano di tecnologia? Il MIT italiano? Istituito da un Governo Berlusconi nel 2003, localizzato a Genova Bolzaneto (per attrazione gravitazionale di Scajola, o ricordo male?). Chiacchierato e criticato da subito. Poi dimenticato.

A me fa piacere venire a sapere – da un articolo sulla newsletter KurzweilAI – che vi si lavora e vi si sperimenta qualche cosa che attira l’attenzione di qualificati osservatori stranieri. E poi, il video è molto divertente. Giudicate voi stessi.

HyQ

HyQ robot outdoor test (credit: Italian Institute of Technology)

Italian quadruped robot goes for a walk | KurzweilAI

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Researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology took their quadruped robot HyQ for a test run outside the lab for the first time to test new tricks HyQ has learned, including the ability to trot over obstacles without falling, IEET Spectrum Automaton reports.

The robot is still a strange headless creature, and though a sensor head is in the works, this quadruped might get even weirder with a new hardware addition: arms.

The goal: an autonomous, versatile machine capable of running, jumping, and negotiating rough terrain that could find applications in search-and-rescue operations and exploratory missions.

E tra un po’ avrà le braccia, e sarà il primo centauro artificiale.

Il centauro artificiale

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Stephen Wolfram sul futuro di A New Kind of Science

Oggi A New Kind of Science, il libro di Stephen Wolfram (allora noto “soltanto” per essere il giovane genio che aveva scritto Mathematica, e oggi anche per il successo di Wolfram|Alpha), compie 10 anni. Ha tenuto fede alle attese dell’autore? E quali sono le sue prospettive?

Ce lo dice lui stesso (con la sua consueta candida modestia).

Stephen Wolfram

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Stephen Wolfram Blog : Looking to the Future of A New Kind of Science

Today ten years have passed since A New Kind of Science (”the NKS book”) was published. But in many ways the development that started with the book is still only just beginning. And over the next several decades I think its effects will inexorably become ever more obvious and important.

Indeed, even at an everyday level I expect that in time there will be all sorts of visible reminders of NKS all around us. Today we are continually exposed to technology and engineering that is directly descended from the development of the mathematical approach to science that began in earnest three centuries ago. Sometime hence I believe a large portion of our technology will instead come from NKS ideas. It will not be created incrementally from components whose behavior we can analyze with traditional mathematics and related methods. Rather it will in effect be “mined” by searching the abstract computational universe of possible simple programs.