Robot Dreams

lupa lupawolf at
Tue Sep 12 00:31:17 EST 2000

In article <8pg9rm$k68$1 at>, mentifex at wrote:

> For a robot to have a dream, its AI mind software must shut down the
> input sensorium of strong sensations coming in from the outside world
> or from a virtual world.  In humans, the same process is known as
> falling asleep. 

no, that would be called anaesthesia.

if you take a look at how the brain's 'electrical' activity changes when
someone falls asleep and then dreams, you'll see that similar patterns for
healthy brains exist, and in those patterns the level of delta and theta
(slow wave) activity increases.  however, though a healthy brain will
change its pattern while asleep and then again while dreaming, the
patterns will still *respond* to outside stimuli - touch, sound, speech,
temperature, etc.  many people have experienced the dreaming coniditon
where music or noises in one's sleeping environment work themselves into
one's dream... therefore, for a *true* AI dream to exist, the AI has to be
somewhat responsive to outside stimuli.


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