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Understanding the past to create the future

The MetaTool project aims to understand how cognition evolved to allow for tool invention and creation to serve as the basis for developing future technologies.

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Archaeology, Neuroscience, & Robotics join forces to investigate robots that invent tools

Tool invention is an outstanding technological milestone in human history. If we understand these processes, a similar breakthrough can be envisioned in engineering.

 

To achieve it, METATOOL will investigate computational models of synthetic awareness based on human metacognition and validate them in robotic experiments.

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The MetaTool Project is proudly funded by
the European Innovation Council of the EU

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  • Designing Aware Robots: The EIC Pathfinder Challenge - Explore Awareness Inside
    Designing Aware Robots: The EIC Pathfinder Challenge - Explore Awareness Inside
    wo 13 mrt
    Province of Rimini
    13 mrt 2024 09:00 – 15 mrt 2024 17:00
    Province of Rimini, Province of Rimini, Italy
    EMERGE partners from Delft University of Technology, together with the METATOOL project, are organizing a workshop entitled "Designing Aware Robots: The EIC Pathfinder Challenge - Explore Awareness Inside” during the next European Robotics Forum, to be held in Rimini, on March 13th – 15th, 2024
  • Archaeological Sciences, Humanities, and the Digital Era: Bridging the Gaps
    Archaeological Sciences, Humanities, and the Digital Era: Bridging the Gaps
    wo 28 aug
    Metropolitan City of Rome Capital
    28 aug 2024 12:00 – 31 aug 2024 19:00
    Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy
    Embark on a transformative journey through the ages at the MetaTool presentation during the 30th EAA Annual Meeting in Rome, where ancient ingenuity meets cutting-edge technology to reshape our understanding of human history.
  • Gendered Technology Symposium
    Gendered Technology Symposium
    Year 2 of the MetaTool project (2023-2024)
    Webinar
    Year 2 of the MetaTool project (2023-2024)
    Webinar
    This symposium will target common misconceptions related to over-attributions of tool making and technology to the male domain. Topics: gender data gap, normalizing a male past and present, unworkable theories and solutions, current and future relevance. Hosted by Geeske Langejans (TU Delft).
  • Ethical debate on "Conscious robots and synthetic awareness technologies"
    Ethical debate on "Conscious robots and synthetic awareness technologies"
    Year 2 of the MetaTool project (2023-2024)
    Online Event
    Year 2 of the MetaTool project (2023-2024)
    Online Event
    What are the implications of synthetic awareness technologies for society? Is MetaTool effectively creating "conscious robots"? Hosted by Anil Seth (Science, Consciousness), Ricardo Sanz (Engineering, Robotics) and invited panelists.
  • Archeological site robot performance
    Archeological site robot performance
    Year 3 of the MetaTool project (2024-2025)
    Polytechnic University of Madrid
    Year 3 of the MetaTool project (2024-2025)
    Polytechnic University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
    During this on-site educative event, participants will get to know more about how human history was affected by our transition from tool-use to tool creation – learning from our past to create the future .
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