Call for comments.

January 29, 2009

Everyone reading this is encouraged to add a comment.

How many ways can we think of for a machine to be aware of its environment?

…I mean specifically without human intervention or input.

Example #1: Ambient light sensor.
Example #2: Thermometer.

Now you think of some…

(More on what this is for later)

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4 Responses to “Call for comments.”

  1. Pete Says:

    I like commenting…
    I’ve just been busy doing… uh… lots of work. :-/
    Boo!

    I would have more time to comment if *someone* didn’t twitter so much…

  2. Pete Says:

    I think aware is too strong a word. A machine is never “aware” of anything!

    Not yet, at least. A machine can call inputs from the world around it… through various sensors. Those, though, do not create a sense of awareness – only a series of numbers that can then be interpreted by some savvy programmer…

  3. G.Fraggle Says:

    Well, that is the point.

    What are some inputs that can be interpreted?

  4. JP Says:

    What does a motion sensor, say on a motion activated webcam, register to turn on?

    A circuit breaker flips when there’s a power overload.

    A sump pump turns on when the water level in the bucket reaches a certain point, typically triggered when a ball attached to a lever floats to a certain point.

    That’s all I got right now.


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