Insects are providing the inspiration for a team of European researchers looking to raise the IQs of robots. The research team calls its new software architecture a spatial-temporal array computer-based structure, or SPARC. Basing their work on the functioning of the insect brain, the team has already developed an architecture for an artificial cognitive system. Within the SPARC software architecture, the robot's powers of perception are enhanced by its ability to use information from visual, audio, and tactile sensors to form a pattern. The robot uses the pattern to determine its next movements.
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