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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Embodied Intelligence

Infonaut is participating a course about "Embodied Intelligence" that is broadcasted by videoconference from Jiao Tong University in Shanghai to 23 universities across the planet, complemented by 3D collaborative virtual environments and other community-building activities to promote interaction and cooperation among the participants.

The lectures are based on "How the Body Shapes the Way We Think - A New View of Intelligence" by Rolf Pfeifer and Josh C. Bongard, MIT Press, November 2006, ISBN 0-262-16239.

How could the body influence our thinking when it seems obvious that the brain controls the body? In How the Body Shapes the Way We Think, Rolf Pfeifer and Josh Bongard demonstrate that thought is not independent of the body but is tightly constrained, and at the same time enabled, by it. They argue that the kinds of thoughts we are capable of have their foundation in our embodiment - in our morphology and the material properties of our bodies.

The first lecture included the opening ceremony with Jie Yin, Vice President, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Weidong Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Prof. Rolf Pfeifer, University of Zürich. In the second part of the lecture prof. Pfeifer gave a short introduction about the topic intelligence.

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