*artificial curiosity*

I’d completely forgotten about this great clip I was shown at the lab when I was here last year. It shows Aibo learning to swim -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5dDmaq1heM

It’s one of the projects created during a workshop with Frederic Kaplan, researcher at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris and Martino d’Esposito, industrial designer, at ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’Art de Lausanne) in 2005. 30 students had to imagine objects and furnitures to create new learning opportunities for the robot. These objects have been used as part of a scientific programme on artificial curiosity conducted by Pierre-Yves Oudeyer and Frederic Kaplan at Sony CSL Paris.

Unfortunately the website doesn’t actually mention the swimming experiment. But I love what they did with clothes for Aibo

Aibo outfit