Mentifex Multiphasic Pre-Singularity Inventory
jfox at ricochet.net
Mon Feb 16 14:53:59 EST 1998
Rich Walker wrote:
> Hey, if a consortium of AI appassionati were looking for a few good extra
> brains, I'd tell them that I was building robots, as that's a far more
> useful thing for a being to do. I don't want artificial intelligence: I
> want a machine that can do the washing up. Properly.
Is that just a dream or have you built a robot that can do
the washing up at all let alone properly? I think you are right
that a lot of intelligence is not what is needed for many
practical things. With humans I think we assume we have a minimal
intelligence to do those kinds of tasks and a lot of extra
intelligence isn't going to help that much.
I makes me think of Marvin the paranoid android in the Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galexy. "I have a brain the size of a planet and
he asks me if I can pick up a piece of paper! It's so depressing!"
Tomodatchi and rug bots may be popular but I am interested in
robots a bit higher up on the IQ scale. I have enjoyed having
bots that are smart enough to find their way around, recognize
important images, recognize important sounds, connect to other
computers, verbally converse with a human, and explain their
"reasoning" behind their actions. I have not run all of these
programs at one time on a mobile bot but it seems like it will
happen when I can get to it. I might put mentifex on top of
that so it will have something more interesting to say.
Jeff Fox jfox at dnai.com
Ultra Technology Inc. http://www.dnai.com/~jfox/
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