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Building Brains for Bodies
  • Lynn Andrea Stein, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Rodney A. Brooks
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We describe a project to capitalize on newly available levels of computational resources in order to understand human cognition. We are building an integrated physical system including vision, sound input and output, and dextrous manipulation, all controlled by a continuously operating large scale parallel MIMD computer. The resulting system will learn to "think" by building on its bodily experiences to accomplish progressively more abstract tasks. Past experience suggests that in attempting to build such an integrated system we will have to fundamentally change the way artificial intelligence, cognitive science, linguistics, and philosophy think about the organization ofintelligence. We expect to be able to better reconcile the theories that will be developed with current work in neuroscience.


© 1994 Kluwer Academic Publishers. This article was published in Autonomous Robots, vol. 1, iss. 1, p. 7-25 and may be found at

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Lynn Andrea Stein and Rodney A. Brooks. "Building Brains for Bodies" (1994)
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