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
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
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.
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
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?
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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