Re:Near-Term Futility of AI Research

Skye Howard (
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 15:16:08 -0700 (PDT)

Just wanted to throw out an extremely unqualified opinion here.....but maybe the problem with AI research is the limited environment that AI's were subject to. If you were born in an environment where you could not see hear touch feel or taste, had no dimensions to move through and no environment to experience, how might you become? I am aware of the work with robots like COG, who have something like a human environment, but that may have just been the reverse problem: a lack of processing power? *shrugs* Anyhow....I was thinking if it incorporated some of the latest systems, like the holographic cube (if they ever make one that can store for more than 2 or 3 readings) and gave it a good enough set of senses, like not one but tens or hundreds of sensory units for touch, heat, and cold, and gave it maybe some survival programs that were self alterable but with difficulty....Im probably either saying something stupid or echoing the sentiments of someone else, but the er, nature never seemed established, noer the... nurture complex enough. *laughs* Love to hear anyone elses thoughts on this, especially criticism (just so long as it's not angry:)).

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