In a newly released paper by Olaf Sporns
Lungarella titled, Mapping
Information Flow in Sensorimotor Networks (PDF format), the
researchers confirm what many have suspected for some time. Intelligence
is not simply a function of the brain. The full loop between brain,
effectors, and sensors is crucial to the development of what we consider
intelligent behavior. This means the shape and size of your robot must
be considered when determining the behavior. Their research explains why
trying to create AI in a
disembodied computer is so much harder than creating intelligent robots.
It also means that understanding the behavior of animals is not as
simple as just studying the brain and nervous system. For more, see the
Daily story or the original Indiana
University news release. Roland Piquepaille also covered this story
recently in his
has written more commentary on the research.
Completely agree with this - I've argued for a long time along very similar lines.
Another take on this - what would happen to 'intelligence' should you take an intelligence, and isolate the containing vessel from it's associated sensory/feedback network ?
i.e remove someones brain and keep it alive in a jar ? (muwhaahaha, here Igor!) Would intelligence (read: consciousness/self awareness) fade away ?
I think it would. I also think this would be far more interesting use of Demijons than home brew wine - and of course a live-brain removing robot... a project for next halloween methinks...
As before i beleive this is the research to be done,but not forgetting the distant past (like people should really forget it and move on),i remember the Judge Dredd comic and later film,in the comic they had a person in mega city one (usa) that had to serve a maximum sentence,his brain was in a liquified tank with no other body parts attached and sentenced to life of the brain itself,terrifying prospect for him and i wonder,slap.fish brought the story back to my mind,Judge Dredd,brilliant story (22nd century usa,i think!) and strict laws but robots everywhere doing the jobs for people and not taking over,like others have said they will do in the future,cheers.IN THE FUTURE STORE A PRESERVED WORKING HUMAN BRAIN IN A SELF-SUSTAINING WATER TANK AND DEVELOP EVERY OTHER ORGAINC NEED IT DESIRES AND NEEDS,I.E. ROBOTIC HUMAN ORGANIC PROPER EVOLUTION.