Body In Mind

Body In Mind

Long thought the province of the abstract, cognition may actually evolve as physical experiences and actions ignite mental life

By Bruce Bower, 07:19 AM October 9, 2008

With gargantuan ears, gleaming brown eyes, a fuzzy white muzzle and a squat, furry body, Leonardo looks like a magical creature from a Harry Potter book. He’s actually a robot powered by an innovative set of silicon innards.

Like a typical 6-year-old child, but unlike standard robots that come preprogrammed with inflexible rules for thinking, Leonardo adopts the perspectives of people he meets and then acts on that knowledge. Leonardo’s creators, scientists at the Massachusetts...

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