‘Towards symbiotic autonomous systems’ compiled and edited by Okyay Kaynak, Wei He, Francesco Flammini and Zhijie Liu
Starting in the second half of the last century, the widespread use of computers significantly changed the lifestyle of humankind. Since then, with the explosive and perhaps disruptive developments in digital technology, the internet, and IoT, and artificial intelligence have promoted a growing interaction among humans and machines, with technology capable of extending human capabilities (augmentation) and making devices seamlessly interact with humans. In the longer term, there is a growing consensus that this will create symbiotic autonomous systems (SASs). Although this is a trend that will see maturity possibly in the next decade, research and industry interest are already strong, resulting in several concrete results ready to hit the market. What matters most in the context of SAS is the varying degrees of autonomy they have, their capability to evolve (e.g., to learn and adapt), and their ability to interact with their environment, between themselves, and with humans.
OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A
MATHEMATICAL, PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES
04 October 2021