RE: ROBOT: "inspired by biological hormones"

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Fri Apr 13 2001 - 07:39:24 MDT

J. R. Molloy wrote,
> Self-scaling robots edge nearer

Wow, this looks interesting. When I first started reading it, I thought it
was hype. I sometimes write software for clients, and I was thinking that
these were just control messages over an internal network. But when I got
to the line that explained that these weren't single-destination messages, I
realized what was going on. Instead of sending messages from a source to a
destination, I am guessing that they keep an simulated representation of the
environment. Instead of directly instructing a piece to perform a function,
they apparently adjust the representation of the different hormone levels.
More than one object can effect these levels with source data, and more than
one object can modify their own behavior based on these levels. This is
almost like simulating a role-playing game character with various changing
ability scores, and having the robot react as his current scores allow.
This does sound like an interesting approach.

Harvey Newstrom <> <>

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