Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Body Intelligence

PostedMarch 21, 2010

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Randy Atkins: The nervous and sensory systems throughout our bodies evolved, in part, to help us understand the world.  So Malcolm MacIver, a Northwestern University engineering professor, says, when thinking about intelligence, we should consider the entire body.

Macolm MacIver: It’s really important to see the overall system as an intelligent system rather than what’s above the neckline as intelligent.

Randy Atkins: He points out that it’s easier to engineer computers to beat a chess champion than to control a robot with the agility of a cockroach and says by doing more holistic research that…

Malcolm MacIver: …combines looking at information processing with mechanics, we can start to unlock the secret of animal success and integrate those into our technology.

Randy Atkins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103-point-5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.