On 3/30/2012 3:08 AM, meekerdb wrote:
On 3/29/2012 10:23 PM, Stephen P. King wrote:
Take my favorite thought experiment. Suppose I design two Mars
Rovers and I want them to coordinate their movements in order to
round up Martian sheep. I can easily distribute the artificial
intelligence between the two of them, using data links so whatever
one sees the other sees (incidentally this, minus the AI, is what
combat aircraft software does now) and so there is a single top
level decision routine on top of local decision routines about
maneuvering around obstacles and managing internal states.
OK, I'll bite. That AI program is running on the combination of
the two pieces of hardware, this is no different than how Watson
runs on a much of connected servers. But think about it, does not the
data correlated to the sensors on one of the Rovers have to be
synchronized with the data from the other Rover so that their
manuevering can be controled. How exactly is the internal model of
this system built so that it can 'consider itself' as being both
exploring some pile of rocks east of Mt. Olympus while the other
Rover is taking a dirt sample in some crater 500 kilometers away. It
is not possible for two fixed points to exist on one compact and
closed manifold. You can only have one at a time. What you describe
is more like a Rover with a multiple personality disorder.
You're suffering from a failure of imagination. It can make a model
in which it considers itself has having to bodies at two different
places. It wouldn't even be hard to program. If you can experience
two different places and you can act in two different places you ARE
in two different places.
Could you give us a brief explanation of how this would work? I
will readily admit to a failure of imagination here.
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