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Robots get squirrelly to trick other robots


Robots have learned how to deceive each other by copying squirrels and birds.

When a rival squirrel shows up, hoping to raid acorns from hiding spots, the hoarding squirrel changes its behavior. Instead of checking on the true locations, it visits empty cache sites, trying to deceive the predator.

“This application could be used by robots guarding ammunition or supplies on the battlefield,” says Ronald Arkin, a professor at Georgia Tech. 

“If an enemy were present, the robot could change its patrolling strategies to deceive humans or another intelligent machine, buying time until reinforcements are able to arrive.”

Full story at Futurity.

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Photo credit: Georgia Tech

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