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On the parent article: I can see where an "active sleep" ("dream") mode could be coupled with an "active investigation" mode to produce a robot more efficient at exploring its environment. Active algorithms could incorporate caution (i.e. risk-assessment & a bias toward choosing more simply achieved goals) so that the robot would be able to continuously explore while its energy stores remained above a particular level (determined by the estimated recharge time). Then, during "active sleep" mode, the robot could apply more advanced logic to develop strategies for exploring more difficult terrain - thus effectively reducing the risk of doing so - and specific plans of action for the following active exploration period. Of course, the most significant gains in exploratory efficiency would be realized only if the robot's power regeneration system were capable of recharging the robot's energy stores substantially faster than the "dream" mode depleted them.
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