Future robots, instead, should be able to learn how to truly “master” their environments autonomously, i.e. to self-generate goals and autonomously and efficiently learn the skills to accomplish them based on the progressive acquisition, modification, generalisation, and recombination of previously learned skills and knowledge. This will allow them, with little additional learning, to change an environment from its current state to a wide range of potential goal states desired by the user. The question is: how can we create future robots that are able to face this challenge?
The GOAL-Robots project
Addressing this question and having central importance for applications and artificial intelligence, is the start of a new European project led by the Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience (LOCEN), an Italian research group based in Rome at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR).
“GOAL-Robots – Goal-based Open-ended Autonomous Learning Robots” project ranked #1 among all 11 projects funded out of the 800 participants to the April 2016 EU FET-OPEN call (Future Emergent Technologies), and is part of the Horizon 2020 EU research program. LOCEN and its Principal Investigator, Gianluca Baldassarre, will coordinate the project consortium also involving other three important European research groups:
the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception (LPP, France), headed by Kevin O’Regan and based in Paris at the Institut Paris Descartes de Neurosciences et Cognition, that will carry out experiments on the learning of goals and skills in children;
the Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies (FIAS, Germany), headed by Jochen Triesch, focussed on the development of bio-inspired visual and attention systems and motor synergies; and
the group of roboticists directed by Jan Peters, based at the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (TUDa, Germany), which will lead the challenging robotic demonstrators of the project.
CBR: Perhaps one of the most interesting traits Nadia has is her optimism. Despite having her childhood stolen from her by the Red Room, she remains a positive and upbeat character. What’s it like writing a character with that outlook?
Jeremy Whitley: That was one of the most appealing things to me about Nadia when this project started. In “All-New, All Different Avengers,” Mark Waid established that she had this level optimism that I think Mark sees in Hank Pym, but I feel is often missing from a lot of the super science and superhero stories in general these days. There’s a lot more of the dark and gritty and a lot less of fun and fantastic side of the superheroics, and I like that she’s somebody who still sees the world in kind of that fun and optimistic way even though she’s in this potentially dark part of this universe.
She’s sort of bouncy and excitable. She doesn’t think this is weird, although anyone else looking at her past would agree that by all rights this is a girl who should be scarred and have issues. A name that kept coming up when I talked to Tom Brevoort about it was Kimmy Schmidt [the title character from the Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”]; the sort of character who has every reason to be dark, sad and upset, but she doesn’t see it. She sees these reasons to be dark, sad and upset as reasons to be happy.
witches around the globe → new york city witches who live in new york city live in a land of dreams - the city that never sleeps. 2am rituals, spells in the abandoned subways, cursing any boys who mess with them. it barely matters they can’t see the stars - they say their wishes as the city lights up the night.