Connectionist theory posits that there are no centralized controllers in
the brain. This fundamental aspect of connectionism leads connectionists
to reject cybernetics or control theory as an underlying principle of
brain function. Or, so says Asim
Roy, who has published a new paper challenging this position. In Connectionism,
Controllers, and a Brain Theory (PDF format) Asim argues that
connectionist systems actually are based on standard control theory.
Whether it's a simple back-propagation neural network or the human
brain, Asim argues that traditional controllers are at work.
Connectionists are not amused. Some say Roy is missing the point, that
connectionists are merely arguing against the idea of a homunculus-like
central controller in much the same way Dennett and others have - but not
arguing against the idea that some portions of the brain could control
other portions of the brain. Roy thinks his theory works
around limitations in current connectionist theories, pointing the way
to better autonomous learning systems. For more see the recent
story from the Arizona State University.
No matter what theory is used for robot AI,
with the recent success of MindForth in Win32Forth
there is a great need for decisions to be made about
robot mind-implants making use of the free AI Mind.
One decision to be made is whether the AI Mind will reside inside
the robot or will merely be connected to the robot from a remote
location, near or far, by telerobotics. A fullblown computer to
hold Mind.Forth adds extra weight and power requirements to a robot.
If your nation or corporation is embodying Mind.Forth in an off-planet
habitat such as a satellite or a lunar outpost, then by all means
have the MindForth computer on site and in-situ. If on the other hand
the thinking computer is safely located away from its operating robot
deployed in a dangerous or hostile environment, concentrate more on
the speed and reliability of telecommunications than on housekeeping
details for the after-all expendable robot portion of the mind-body
equation, which actually has three parts -- data retained in mind
operating in body. If the AI Mind is doing work, it is accumulating
data which need to be safeguarded along with the AI and its robot.
Another decision, to be made by robot manufacturers, is just what kind
of Mind to install in a particular class or production-run of robots.
Even the most primitive versions of Mind.Forth contain a bootstrap
sequence of words and concepts. It is easy to hire Forth programmers
to customize, aggrandize or supersize the innate bootstrap "vault" of
built-in knowledge and expertise. A robot manufacturer could offer
specialist Minds for installation in otherwise run-of-the-mill robots.
Like Xerox Corporation in 1959, whoever gets there first with a
track-record of providing simple-minded psyches at first, followed by
a string of ever smarter and more capable machine intelligences, may
quickly come to dominate either niches of the AI robot market or the
entire market itself. Watch for a landrush mentality in AI exploitation.
Or, if you want to be complacent like the long-lines division of AT&T,
continue to re-arrange the deck-chairs on the motor vessel Titanic.
Manufacturers and vendors of robot components should consider
providing Forth code for the easy integration of each device
into the sensorium or motorium of an intelligent, thinking robot.
One way to collect such code is to host a Web forum where users
may share and release code into the public domain.
Only robots above a certain level of sophistication may receive
a mind-implant via MindForth. The computerized robot needs to have
an operating system that will support Forth and sufficient memory
to hold both the AI program code and a reasonably large knowledge
base (KB) of experience. A Forth program is so portable from one
version of Forth to another that robot manufacturers, vendors and
users should not think of Mind.Forth as restricted to Win32Forth
for implementation and operation, but as a candidate for upgrading
to a 64-bit Forth running on a 64-bit system, thereby possessing a
practically unlimited memory space. The Forth variant iForth is
supposedly on its way to becoming a 64-bit Forth. People getting
into Forth AI for the first time and with the option of adopting
64-bit technology from the very start, should do so with the
realization that it will be an extremely long time before any
further upgrade is made to 128-bit or higher technology. It is
more likely that AI will go down into quantum technology before
going up to 128-bit technology. So embrace and extend 64-bit AI.
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