The third lecture series, the following talks are available for your enjoyment, and are relevant to this week's theme of embodiment:
Angelo Cangelosi talks on the topic of Cognition and embodiment – Language learning in children and robots: A developmental robotics approach. He takes a developmental approach to robotics (and psychology) and offers a remarkable example of ‘synthetic methodology’ for the study of children’s intellectual development.
Vincent Müller asks whether Robotics really needs embodiment, and he attempts to steer a careful course between the two "mistakes" illustrated in the above graphic.
Finally, Helmut Hauser speaks on "Morphological Computation and Soft Robotics". Helmut is a postdoc in Rolf Pfeiffer's lab in Zürich. His concern is how "control" might be off-loaded ot the physical instantiation of the artificial agent.
All in all, interesting takes on the many-faceted topic of embodiment, seen from a robotics/AI point of view.