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The March 16, 2002 issue of The Economist makes reference to the infamous thinking compute rHAL that was introduced in 1969 in the Stanley Kubrik film ô2001: A Space Odysseyö. It declares: ô2001 has come and gone, and there is still no sign of a HAL-like computerö(AI 68). And this is true. The Artificial Intelligence products of today seem at times to have fallen a bit short of the HAL/AI prototype imagined by Kubrik in 1969, and at times AI seems to have developed quite a bit more radically than expected. Robots produced by world-renowned electronics and automotive makers such as Sony and Honda have wowed the public not so much with the abilities of the robots they have produced as with the four to five-figure pricetags that are customarily attached to them. On the other hand, biological computing labs within the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory reveal the essence of a biocomputing movement that is far more ambitious and advanced than the HAL model could ever have hoped to be.

Consumer electronics giant Sony introduced in 2001 its latest products: Latte and Macaron, the newest pups in the Aibo robotic dog litter (Wearden). Aibo is derived from the two components ôAIö(short for Artificial Intelligence) and ôBOö(short for ôbotö), and is loosely translated to mean ôcompanionö in Japanese (AI 68). Sony boasts that advanced artificial intelligence- relying on a series of programmed genetic algorithms- provides its Aibo with the means to make its own decisions; in time, the Aibo products actually mature based on individual experiences, with each Aibo intellectually growing into its own unique ôadultö pet (AI 69).

Other AI pets to emerge have come from lesser known companies such as EnglandÆs RoboScience, which in 2001 introduced its own thinking dog, the RS-01 RoboDog, which stands 27 inches and can carry a load weighing as much as 55 pounds. RoboDog, in addition to its doglike physical attributes and c...

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