Physorg has a news piece on artificial rats. This might seem whimsical (or the subject for a “Golden Fleece” award unless you apply a lot of converging threads.
This piece is about rat-like robots. It brings to mind, Rodney Brooks’ work at MIT on the elegance of simple robots.
What this article doesn’t go into is the social nature of rats.
Nor is it clear that they are working with machine learning algorithms – indeed, they may be using different approaches.
But put all this together. Brooks’ elegance. Hawkins’ work on Hierarchical Temporal Memory as well as a lot of other great work on machine learning. What we think we know about principles of social behavior in rattus rattus.
(Maybe this is too advanced. Maybe we should be looking at bees or ants.)
Create collections of AI-rats that socialize through various mechanisms to provide a test bed for exploiting the collective intelligence of simple social organisms (think termite mounds in Africa)
If we had enough available capacity in the cloud, shouldn’t we be able to build self-training, self-organizing networks of communities of rats in the cloud (or bees or …) to better test what we believe are underlying social (and, by extension, economic) models?
Have any of you come across research (or research plans) to run large scale social simulations (that require cloud-class resources) to test out social models like this, simulations based on the principles above?
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