Adding Scent to Architectural Design

Michael Mahon mahon at cup.hp.com
Tue Jun 2 19:16:22 EST 1998


Mindmaker wrote:
> 
> <a href="http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/aisource.html"> Mind.forth AI </a>
> leaves room for "scent" (or OLFACTION) in Forth Screen # 15 out of 90
> from the public domain release of the Mind.forth program which seeks
> to integrate computer architecture with robot and brain architecture:
> 
> Screen # 15    ram:cyborg
>   --------------------------------
>   0  \ <a name="olfaction1"> OLFACTION stub routine</a>    980505atm
>   1  \ This area of Mind.forth (or of Mind.xyz) is reserved for
>   2  \ roboticists who have access to the "sniffing" machines used
>   3  \ in such industries as wine and cheese-making.
>   4
>   5  \ Since the (expensive and very high-tech) hardware already
>   6  \ exists for the machine detection and identification of smells,
>   7  \ any robot AI must make allowances for the incorporation of a
>   8  \ sense of smell (OLFACTION) into the machine intelligence.
>   9
>  10  \ The Wall Street Journal thurs.30.apr.1998 p. B8 reports that
>  11  \ Cyrano Sciences Inc. of Pasadena CA USA plans to develop four
>  12  \ chips each having 8 vapor sensors for a total of 32 sensors.
>  13  \ Other artificial nose companies are Alpha M.O.S. SA of France;
>  14  \ Neotronics Scientific Ltd. and AromaScan PLC of England.
>  15              \  OLFACTION will return to the SENSORIUM function.
>   --------------------------------

You may be interested to know that the Cyrano "nose" is very
inexpensive to make...  Your computer will probably be able
to afford to smell you before you can afford to smell it!  ;-)

-- 
-michael

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