Scientists have built a virtual marine predator with artificial intelligence that behaves like the original organism of flesh and bone from which it was modeled. The virtual creature, called “Cyberslug” (cyberbug), reacts to the food and to the members of its own species in an amazingly similar way to the real animal, the marine slug Pleurobranchaea californica.
The unique virtual creature is the work of the team of Rhanor Gillette, specialist in molecular and integral physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States, and Mikhail Voloshin, software engineer.
The virtual being relates his motivation and memories with his perception of the outside world and reacts to the information that comes from it based on how it makes him feel. The cyberbabosa knows when she is hungry, for example. He has also learned what other types of marine slugs are edible and tasty, and which ones are less palatable.
Sea slugs usually choose one of three possible reactions when they encounter another creature in a wild environment. Basically, they ask: “Do I eat it? Do I mate with it? Or do I run away?” To choose the right option, the virtual being, like the animal, must be able to feel its own internal state (for example, perceive that it is hungry), receive signals from the outside world (for example, sensory information about the creature’s characteristics). that has been met) and remember previous encounters with entities like this (for example, if the previous time he ran into a creature of this type was attacked by this.
Jeffrey Brown and Ekaterina Gribkova of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, a center dependent on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also participated in the research and development work.
Source: Noticias de la Ciencia