Can robots be smarter than a bug?

A backyard digital spider is inspiring. A digital spider (made it up) is a spider that moves resembling electronic circuit paths. It appears
intelligent enough to play with. Is this spider intelligent or did his parents program him this way? Also, any ideas to make a robot appear intelligent?
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HI Ricky,
Life is, to consume and reproduce. Intelligence is reacting to the surroundings to prolong life. A robot that can follow a line, avoid obstacles or navigate a maze is not alive but does possess intelligence.
A digital pet is something that reacts to you, a robot that comes when you call it and returns to its corner charger when you ignore it. To run away when you approach, to search the house looking for you, to hunt for food or to fight others are all tasks appropriate for a digital pet.
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I think it's possible to build a robot as smart as a bug. First how smart is the bug.
How about a digital spider that hunts in the back yard for food and when it finds it brings it back to you.
What do you want it to do? You had the idea now it's time to create the specification.
Jay

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Jay, That is good thought. The spider appears so intelligent but yet seem so simple to build. What it should do is move around the yard picking up littered candy wrappers. It should also turns his head when an object or sound appears out of the ordinary and knows when to ignore it. For such a small brain the spider acts almost like my cat, other spiders are lazy and boring. I`ll built one the size of a 5-year old with a laptop computer mounted on it, for future program expansions, if this is okay.
Instrucions 1] Go pickup garbage into plastic bag only in area specified 2] Look at something suddenly out of the ordinary 3] Stop looking if it`s not a command to stop or move out of way. 4] Otherwise loop instructions Rick

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Good point... Maybe some of my controversial perspectives on intelligence in a nutshell will help... Or not.
Pretty much everything has intelligence, as most things have some type abilities and reactions. Given that certain entities reactions are better and can be ranked or rated, intelligence is really a scale. There are different ways to judge intelligence since there are different perspectives on what is better. Reproduction, conceptualization, knowledge, math, understanding, and physical properties are just a few perspectives. Since a high ranking in one type of intelligence does not always suggest high ranking in another another, good comparisons are very limited in scope. For instance a cars design can be highly intelligent because of the widespread success of the line, however it can be considered lower intelligence because it thinks its door is a jar.
The spider can be considered fairly intelligent because people like to play with him, which is generally thought to be a good thing. Like yourself, the spider is fairly intelligent because he was made that way.
Really the key to making your spider seem smarter is to give it intelligence that it can show off. If its strategy is play, then dog like games are good, like fetch and tug-a-war. I had a cat that would play hide and seek, that was alot of fun.
Can it be smarter than real a bug? Sure, in certain ways. Know any bugs that will play fetch?
--Ryan
www.siliconcybernetics.com

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That is interesting and helpful. Since you mentioned it, building an intelligent robot getting simpler. Since making robots to listen and respond is hard, creating a body movement to suggest intelligent is easier since there are different perspectives on what is better. I'll try using the science of trickery and illusion to make them appear smart. Micheal Jackson, for example, looks smarter than he actually is in real life (IMO) thru the use of plastic surgery or performances.

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