>boogie <firstname.lastname@example.org> asked:
> I don't want a mega teraflop machine runing some infinitely
>complex abstract software, I just want a simple color detecting device
>that can realize that that red stuff it finally feels is much better
>than the abstract, unconscious number representation it once used to
>represent it's knowledge. When we can finally do and recognize that
>simple thing, I think that will be the mirricle that takes us to the
Now that you mention the recognition of colours, I just thought that a friend of mine, who works in an industrial setting, is building a machine to sort potatoes. He does it by running the slowly rotating potatoes on a conveyor belt by a camera which then scans the entire surface of the potato.
The interresting part is that they are using neural networks and fuzzy logic to sort the potatoes. (about 75.000 a minute) First they made a neural net that looked for everythin at once. Green spots, size, dark spots, rot etc. etc. But they found out that they got much better and more controllable results by having a neural net that looked for each of these thing seperately and then compared their results to see wether it was a god or bad potato.
Another eksample of a system with relatively small and simples parts that works together for a complex result.
Max M Rasmussen
New Media Director Denmark