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Cognitive Robotics

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee for Cognitive Robotics - List of Members Cognitive Robotics Resources
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee for Cognitive Robotics Website

Robotics in Africa

There is increasing awareness of the positive and negative impact that Industry 4.0 (aka the fourth industrial revolution) will have on developing countries. AI provides opportunities for social and economic empowerment but also poses the significant threat of premature deindustrialization. However, when one thinks of Africa, cognitive robotics does not spring immediately to mind as the most relevant element of AI for countries that typically have high unemployment and fast-growing populations. Nevertheless, some countries in Africa have embraced robotics and robotics does have a role to play in Africa's economic development. The questions are: what role will robotics play, how can Africa best exploit the opportunities that intelligent automation and cognitive robotics have to offer, and how can Africa offset the threats posed by global factors.

The Robotics in Africa links page will give you some idea of where the answers lie. I'm working on an article to to explore this and I'll post a link to it in due course.


Here are some additional material to supplement some of the courses on my main website.


The CINDY Cognitive Architecture. CINDY stands for Circular Network Dynamics. It is in its early state of development and is based on many other cognitive architectures, especially the iCub cognitive architecture which was never fully realized. The long-term goal is to design and implement an emergent artificial cognitive system that builds on the principles of growth and development through circular causality, drawing on many of the principles of the fields of Enaction, Systems Dynamics, and Second-order Cybernetics.


Here are some random items of interest.