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Here, the social robot Simon tests its manipulation abilities to pick up an object and place it in a basket. In a simulation, Simon gives social cues, such as nods and eye movement, to communicate to an instructor. The social instructor gives instructions (typed), which Simon follows to successfully build a toy block house. After a few sessions with the operator, Simon understands that the absolute location of the house is not important, only the relative location of the pieces.

Here, the social robot Simon tests its manipulation abilities to pick up an object and place it in a basket. In a simulation, Simon gives social cues, such as nods and eye movement, to communicate to an instructor. The social instructor gives instructions (typed), which Simon follows to successfully build a toy block house. After a few sessions with the operator, Simon understands that the absolute location of the house is not important, only the relative location of the pieces.

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Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

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panpsychism concept

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