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Biologically-Inspired Deceptive Behavior for a Robot
Using deceptive behavioral patterns of squirrels and birds, Georgia Tech researchers have developed robots that are able to deceive each other. The research is funded by the Office of Naval Research and is led by Professor Ronald Arkin, who suggests the applications could be implemented by the military in the future. Arkin's team learned by reviewing biological research results that squirrels gather acorns and store them in specific locations. The animal then patrols the hidden caches, going back and forth to check on them. When another squirrel shows up, hoping to raid the hiding spots, the hoarding squirrel changes its behavior. Instead of checking on the true locations, it visits empty cache sites, trying to deceive the predator. Arkin's team implemented the same strategy into a robotic model and demonstration.
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