Mirroring Humans

  • Yoseph Bar-Cohen
  • David Hanson
  • Adi Marom


Humanlike robots are being developed to mirror us in many ways, including our artistic form, movement, and intelligence. The latter is still on a limited level, but it is progressing quite rapidly as improvements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology continue to be made. An illustration of the physical mirroring of a human is shown in Figure 5.1, where the natural human is mirrored with a humanlike robot. Mirroring humans involves not only a reflection of the physical image but also evokes intelligent mental models that help us understand the world around us. In his book Godel Escher Bach, AI researcher Douglas Hofstadter refers to such mirroring as “strange loops.” The feedback between our intelligent technology, our memes, and the scale of our aggregate intelligence is helping to shape robots that exhibit increasingly lifelike behavior.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoseph Bar-Cohen
    • 1
  • David Hanson
    • 2
  • Adi Marom
    • 3
  1. 1.California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion LabPasadena
  2. 2.Hanson RoboticsRichardson
  3. 3.New York

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