METATOOL will provide a blueprint for the next generation of artificial systems and robots that can perform adaptive, and anticipative, control with and without tools (improved technology), self-evaluation (novel explainable AI), and invent new tools (disruptive innovation).
Tool-making and tool-invention are outstanding technological milestones in human history. A similar breakthrough can now be envisioned in engineering. We already have algorithms to enable machines to use tools and now it is time to develop robots that create tools
Under the predictive account of awareness, and based on both neuroscientific and archaeological evidence, the project will: 1) develop a novel computational model of metacognition based on predictive processing (meta prediction) and 2) validate its utility in real robots in two use case scenarios: conditional sequential tasks and tool creation.
The aim of the project is to provide a computational model of synthetic awareness to enhance adaptation and achieve tool invention. This will enable a robot to monitor and self-evaluate the consequence of the effects produced by its own actions, ground and reuse this information for adapting to new circumstances, and finally unlock the possibility of creating new tools. PAL Robotics’ TIAGo++ will take part in the project.