This file is:
It is part of Aaron Sloman's contribution to the workshop web site:
Links to Meta-Morphogenesis project
The videos show different levels of competence and in some cases
surprising incompetence, which was later overcome, though I don't
think anyone knows how. There are some conjectures in the slides.
Noticing and grasping edge of rug
Noticing the edge of the rug seems to trigger a very deliberate and
controlled, but inexpert, attempt to grasp the edge, with clear
success eventually, after rolling over onto his side.
About 6 months
Playing piano and piano parts
No sound in this video but it is clear that he alternates between
fairly random thumping and controlled exploration of effects of
pressing individual notes.
About 9 months
Feeding brain and
stomach with yogurt
Seems to do a number of experiments of different kinds with spoon
and yogurt, including at least two failed attempts to transfer
yogurt to a flat surface, on carpet and on his thigh.
successful complex process transferring end of spoon from right hand
to left hand.
(Well beyond the capabilities of any robot I know about.)
About 10 months
Playing piano and piano parts (with sound) (Small MPG version 4.2MB)
Playing piano and piano parts (with sound) (larger WEBM version 21MB)
A sequence of experiments concerned with piano keys, music holder,
balancing on chair.
Ends just as he seems to be discovering a repeatable musical theme,
or possiblity a motor theme for his fingers?
About 11 months
Exploring materials: cloth
(sweater) and mouse cable
(Doesn't quite strangle himself.)
About 11 months
Pushing a broom
A just about stable (well, upright anyway) dynamical system driven
by an opportunistic cognitive explorer?
About 15 months
Failing to understand
despite an evident collection of motor, perceptual, and cognitive
Achieves all his goals apart from joining two train
About 18 months
Betty the New Caledonian crow
not only uses hooks but makes them,
without being taught how
(From the Oxford Zoology Department Web site)
Betty made headlines world-wide in June 2002. Give to google:
betty crow hook
For further discussion of the issues raised by these
My slides for the
workshop and the post-workshop notes on model-based semantics
Last Updated: 14 Oct 2007
Maintained by: Aaron Sloman