Re: headless horseman

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Sun Jan 07 2001 - 07:23:16 MST

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <> writes:

> Hm... I was just wondering whether you could hook up an AI to such a
> body. I'm not quite sure what the point of that would be, aside from the
> sheer exhiliaration of mad science.

Well, mad science is its own reward :-) Seriously I think interfacing
a computer to the remaining nerve stumps is just as tricky as ordinary
BCI, that is, rather hard at present. Just stimulating the sympathic
and parasympathic systems or different ganglia to induce crude
reflexes is quite doable (just jolt enough axons), but movement
control remains hard right now - people are of course working a lot on
it for spinal injuries. The same for input. Your AI might be able to
regulate homeostasis a bit, which would be quite useful in this case,
but the body would not make a good robot chassi.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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