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Effective Tool Use in a Habile Agent

Alexander B. Wood, Thomas E. Horton, Robert St. Amant
The intelligent use of tools is a general and important human competence that AI research has not yet examined in depth. Other fields have studied the topic, however, with results we can compile into a broad characterization of habile (tool-using) agents. In this paper we give an overview of research on the use of physical tools, using this information to motivate a set of requirements for building artificial habile agents. We describe the design of a habile robot, based on the Aibo platform, that can pick up a stick and use it as a tool to reach objects otherwise out of its range. We argue that analysis of activities of such tool-using agents offers an informative way to evaluate intelligence.
2005 IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SEADS 2005), pages 75-81, 29 April 2005.
Ellen J. Bass (eds.), IEEE, Charlottesville, VA, USA
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	Address = {Charlottesville, VA, USA},
	Author = {Wood, Alexander B. and Horton, Thomas E. and Amant, Robert St.},
	Booktitle = {2005 IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SEADS 2005)},
	Editor = {Bass, Ellen J.},
	IeeeNo = {1497134},
	Isbn = {0-9744559-4-6},
	Month = {29~} # apr,
	Pages = {75--81},
	Publisher = {IEEE},
	Title = {Effective Tool Use in a Habile Agent},
	Url = {http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=1497134},
	Url-Pdf = {http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1497134},
	Year = 2005}