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art
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Posted - Jan 15 2013 :  11:39:21  Show Profile
Actually if a brain in a jar had a few senses like SIGHT, HEARING & SPEECH, it could understand a great deal of things...sizes, colors, lights, music / vibrations, and it could certainly interact with others around it.

You might like to visit another of our friend Freddy's site, AIDreams at www.aidreams.co.uk and download or at least read through Mavirarab's
story, Digital Girl. It is sooo along the lines of what you're proposing (sans girl).

Sorry I can't include the address above as a link due to having Java disabled during their security breech.

I get where you're coming from but do give a read to the story, it's relatively short and you could likely read it in very little time.

Cheers!

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!
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HarrayAI
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Posted - Jan 15 2013 :  12:56:09  Show Profile  Visit HarrayAI's Homepage
Agreed - sight and hearing give some basic embodiment - no point in half measures though ; )

Thanks for the pointer to the story - looking forward to reading it.
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HarrayAI
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Posted - Jan 17 2013 :  10:10:39  Show Profile  Visit HarrayAI's Homepage
I read Digital Girl - great stuff! (I'll have to drop Maviarab a line).

'Real' person in a laptop - yeah that's pretty much what I'm going for.

Strangely, I live in Norwich, Norfolk where the story is set!

Thanks again for the pointer.

Edited by - HarrayAI on Jan 17 2013 19:19:30
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art
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Posted - Jan 17 2013 :  23:22:33  Show Profile
Yeah, although Mav no longer frequents the site as often, I was hooked on the story a forth of the way through the first page!

I love that kind of material. Even though at present it might appear to be a type of fantasy, people said similar things about practically everything that "seemed" futuristic in generations past. Airplanes, Moon landing (if you're not a skeptic), wireless, microwaves, CD's, mostly every electronic and computer related device we now possess.

Dick Tracy's two way wrist radio is now an antique yet it was the rage in the 1950 - 60's. Things do become reality if enough people express a desire or a need. Wants and Needs are different. Needs are Food, Clothing & Shelter...everything else is a want!!

If you're ever inclined to browse Amazon.com, go to their USED BOOKS section and do a SEARCH for VIRUS by Graham Watkins. Great read and exactly the kind of digital entity stuff we like here.

Found it on Amazon > Books for $.01 + $3.99 shipping!!
Wow a $4.00 book!! They have it in paperback or hardback for $.01!!
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VIRUS - Graham Watkins

From School Library Journal
YA?Drs. Mark Roberts and Alexandra Walton's patients are addicted to their computers, and no one knows what could cause such an unusual number of educated, generally affluent individuals to succumb to the exhaustion and malnutrition this addiction has created. Crime is on the increase, and the doctors' own families are involved. Acting as sleuths, the physicians discover that a computer virus compels its victims to continue online. Chapters are short and alternate between victims, doctors, and technicians. These shifts can be confusing until readers are thoroughly familiar with the characters. Technical terms are often explained by the hospital's computer specialist, who also gets the virus. The element of potential realism in this sci/fi adventure is wonderfully, frighteningly present.?Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

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HarrayAI
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Posted - Jan 18 2013 :  02:02:28  Show Profile  Visit HarrayAI's Homepage
As promised... Here's a proof of concept render, representing food made with voxels.



The render is isometric, so each pixel on the image is basically a voxel. Each voxel in the model can have it's own material / taste / temperature etc, and should provide a reasonable basis for simulating food / eating!
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art
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USA
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Posted - Jan 19 2013 :  14:46:01  Show Profile
Very nice! This also explains why, when dining out, sometimes the food is cool at the edges and a lot warmer toward the center! Heh!!

One could also get the taste of all the food groups in one bite!!

Neat concept!

- Art -
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HarrayAI
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Posted - Jan 27 2013 :  11:48:10  Show Profile  Visit HarrayAI's Homepage
Finally found the time to sit down and write a concise overview of the project at http://mindloop.blogspot.com

All comments welcomed.
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