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Artificial Spatial Cognition

December 18, 2011

There’s a reason I fell in love with computer programming at such a young age.  Watching a robot drive around the room, building a 3D model of its environment, understanding its position within that space, and properly avoiding the walls and obstacles is just too awesome for words.  I spend more time doing physics these days than I do writing computer algorithms like this, but I regret not having the time to do everything.

I like reflecting on how our brain represents an environment and building algorithms which lets a machine understand how the things in that environment behave.  I think the ultimate way to understand the mind is to build a machine which is capable of doing the same things it does.  If you understand your mind well enough, you can send a machine you built downstairs to buy yourself a Subway sandwich.  Just think of the possibilities.

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