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Photo of Rodney A. Brooks Rodney A. Brooks

Rodney A. Brooks is professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass. At MIT's Cog Shop, Brooks and his colleagues have been building Cog and Kismet, the prototypical humanoid robots. Cog is capable of learning from his experiences, as humans do, and Brooks hopes that his robot eventually will have the intelligence of a six-month-old baby. If Brooks is successful, Cog will become the most advanced robot in existence. Ultimately, Brooks envisions creating robots that can operate in the world like human beings and even outperform them. For more about Rodney Brooks, his projects and papers: To visit the Cog Shop, learn more about the project, view photos and review a glossary of technical terms:

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