Towards genuine machine autonomy

J.-J. van der Vyver, M. Christen, N. Stoop, T. Ott, W.-H. Steeb, R. Stoop
2004 Robotics and Autonomous Systems  
We investigate the consequences and perspectives resulting from a strict concept of machine autonomy. While these kinds of systems provide computationally and economically cheaper solutions than classically designed systems, their behavior is not easy to judge and predict. Analogously to human communication, a way is needed to communicate the state of the machine to an observer. In order to achieve this, we reduce the proliferation of microscopic states to a manageable set of macroscopic
more » ... using a clustering method. The autonomous machine communicates these macroscopic states by means of a visual interface. Using this interface, the observer is capable of learning to associate machine actions and states, allowing it to make judgments on, and predictions of, behavior. This emerged to be the crucial ingredient needed for the interaction between humans and autonomous machines.
doi:10.1016/j.robot.2004.01.002 fatcat:pwsj3wv3kzccdcu3ouiek3sq2i