behavioranalysishistory / Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence



Behavior based robotics and artificial intelligence is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates physics, computer science, engineering, behavior analysis, biology, and philosophy. It is primarily concerned with systems that learn to behave through interactions with their environment.


Major Events:


1943 - Skinner Discovers Shaping


1950 - Alan Turing develops the "Turing Test"


1951 - W. Grey Walter  exhibits his first robots; Elmer and Elsie at the Festival of Britain


1950s-mid 1960s -  focus on games geometrical problems, symbolic algebra, and theorem proving


late 1960s-1970s - focus on "blocks" simple concepts worth learning, giving sets and subsets which formal descriptions of the world would be contained in.

1990 - Rodney Brooks writes, "Elephants Don't Play Chess" and proposes a biological/behavioral approach to robotics instead of the symbolic computation approach used since Alan Turing.


1997 - "Amelia", the first Skinnerbot is shaped by David S. Touretzky using operant conditioning


2005 - Cornell University created self-replicating robots.


May 28, 2009 - Behavior Analysis and Robotics ABAI SIG founded.




Behavior Analysis and Robotics ABAI SIG