Psyleron Robot Overview
The Psyleron Robot is a basic mechanical toy, but with a very unique feature:
inside the robot is a Psyleron-based random event generator. The REG core
controls the movement of the robot―forward, reverse, left, right, and
pivot. Because the REG is subject to the influence of consciousness, the
movement of the robot can also be influenced by the mind.
The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory explored the behavior of
REG-driven robots under the influence of consciousness for many years (1). In
lab conditions, the results were similar to other human-machine experiments: the
devices behaved unusually, with statistical significance, in the direction of
Separate studies by French scholar René Peoc’h suggested the same, yet rather
than using human operators, Peoc’h used baby chicks (2). A randomly-driven
robot was set up in a confined area, and it's movement was tracked and found to
be consistent with expectations of random motion. Then the robot was
introduced to motherless baby chicks, and "socialized" in a way known to cause
psychological attachment. The robot was put back in the confined space and
left to move around freely, yet this time, the baby chicks were situated in a
cage next to the robot. After tracking the movement of the robot, they
found that it clustered around wherever the chicks were, even to a statistically
significant extent. The suggestion was that the baby chicks had influenced
the random motion of the robot attempting to bring it near, just as the human
operators had influenced the PEAR robot.
There are a lot of fun ways to play with the Psyleron Robot. Most involve
setting it on the floor or other hard surface, and trying to get it to come to
you or away from you, or toward something else. There are other uses,
though. With multiple robots you can have mind-influenced robot races, or
complicated robot wars. But remember that it's nothing like using a remote
controlled robot! It is still being driven by a random event generator!
Any overall influence of consciousness needs time to show up in the overall
The Psyleron Robot is not Artificial Intelligence in the sense that it has its
own conscious volition. But there are some interesting theoretical
implications to the device. For example, if the REG is subject to the
influence of your consciousness, it might be partly intelligent, in the
sense that the robot is reflecting your own consciousness.
In other words, it might be said that when you are interacting with the robot,
it is embodying your consciousness to some limited extent. And while it lacks
free will, it is sharing in the irreducible mind that characterizes biological
Thus REGs pose useful questions to the field of AI. In particular, REG
robotics suggest that entangled systems, or the creation and collapse of
probabililties into discrete elements, might be fruitful areas of investigation.
Other more abstract ideas are also at stake, such as ontological questions of
the mind―what is and is not conscious.
(1) Response of
an REG-Driven Robot to Operator Intention (2007). Journal of Scientific
Exploration, 21, No. 1, pp. 27-46.
(2) Psychokinesis Experiments with
Human and Animal Subjects Upon a Robot Moving at Random (2002). Journal
of Parapsychology, Sept.
- Psyleron Robot
- 4 AA Batteries
- Robot Booklet (outlines relevant research, theory, instructions, and example uses)
- ABS Plastic Casing
- Approximate Weight:
- Approximate Dimensions:
4" x 3" x 3"
10.16 cm x 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm
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