Creatures: Designing Evolution

A speculative model for a new paradigm in designing artificial intelligence.

This project explores the questions of AI development through proposing a new system based on evolution. It speculates that instead of developing a complete AI in controlled and often vacuum environments, a seed intelligence should be laden with sensor-rich hardware which are then propagated throughout various environments. This will prompt what we call creatures to develop and grow in response to dynamic physical and social environments. Through embodying these new modes of intelligence as physical manifestations, humans and AI will both benefit from a level of communication and interaction that is unseen today.

Ultimately, it seeks to address the hermetic and disembodied nature of Human-AI interaction that has a tendency to breed distrust and spread misinformation. While the technologies that could enable these new explorations may still be a long way away, the fundamental principles of transparency and openness can be applied to our current research of AI systems.

Project collaborator: Carmen Schweizer

Faculty Advisor: Paolo Cardini, with special thanks to Bathsheba Demuth and Dr. Elizabeth Brainerd