Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a form of artificial curiosity which can learn to complete complex tasks even when it isn’t immediately clear what actions might help it meet its objectives.
University of Southern California neuroscientist Irving Biederman has described humans as, “designed to be ‘nfovores,’ creatures that devour information.” This omnipresent behavior has led researchers from multiple disciplines towards understanding curiosities existence & application. To read more about major research projects that have attempted to elucidate the genesis and benefits of curiosity please find the Natural History link below.
Computer scientists are programming machines to be curious, learning to explore their surroundings and be inquisitive.
George Konidaris, computer scientist at the Intelligent Robot Lab at Brown University told Science: “Developing curiosity is a problem that’s core to intelligence. It’s going to be most useful when you’re not sure what your robot is going to have to do in the future.”
Although 8 in 10 employees say curiosity is an important work trait, just one in five say they are curious, according to an international stugy by Merck. “Innovation and technological progress do not appear out of the blue. They always develop out of a person’s sense of curiosity about something new. Scientific curiosity and the joy of discovery are thus our most important resources when it comes to finding answers to global challenges such as the aging of our society or population growth,” says Stefan Oschmann, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck. “That’s why curiosity should be a key aspect of our everyday work.”
Read the State of Curiosity Report here.
Dr Paul C Holinger writes in Psychology Today that curiosity is at the core of human existence. “The human brain is stimulus-seeking. We want to enhance the interest affect, our curiosity, in order to learn, to discover, to adapt…. The responses of caregivers to infants and children can either enhance interest or constrict it. Similarly, later in life, teachers or bosses can stimulate or restrict interest and curiosity. Creativity and discoveries come from curiosity—that is, interest-excitement. Reactions such as fear, or surprise, or disgust can be shifted to interest, thus enhancing learning.”
Read the complete article in Psychology Today here.