The Biotronics Project was conceptualized with a simple basic objective: to design the first self-conscious robots. These robots, just like other living animals, can see, smell, taste, hear, feel, think, balance itself, fly, swim, breed, build and die too. They are collectively called Biotronics. Bio means being alive and tronics means intelligent electronics. These synthetic organisms are sometimes called the Silver Species.
Biotronics were invented and developed by the author of Originemology with the intention to study the origin and nature of consciousness. With Arduino as the platform and the prototype shown here as the experimental model, the concepts of being alive, aware, conscious, and self-conscious are now being systematically identified, described, and defined through self-animation.
In this series, 3 types of Self-Animation are illustrated, namely:(i) self-animated by mechanical design, (ii) self-animated by computer programming, and (iii) self-animated by a network of wise sensors. These self animations began when a source of energy, like a battery, was introduced to self-activate the prototype. Then, a simple program was sketched into its memory. And finally, wise sensors were added to let it interact and self-navigate with its surroundings.
The Evolution of Self-Animation:
The Proof of Concept:
According to the study on Information Materialization (I.M.), Consciousness could either be a product of a complex biological input output system that gives rise to a sensory or behavioral response in an organism; or, be a false perception like the Software Illusion Conundrum that denies computer software, like Sketch, exist. On the other hand, according to the Caveman in the Box Theory, if an organism could match "x" with "y", then such organism is conscious. This type of consciousness is called Associative Consciousness.
Consciousness and Self-consciousness are completely two different species. Their differences are explored and examined on these links: (1) The Robot who passed the Consciousness Test, (2) The Robot who didn't know he is Alive and Aware! and (3) The Four Marks of A Self-Conscious Machine. These three Arduino projects provide some fresh insights about what it makes to be Alive, what it makes to be Aware, and what it makes to be Conscious.
" The last human on earth will no longer be human! " ~ joey lawsin