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Thursday, December 28, 2006



I noted that you filed this in "nonsense":

The robotic vacuum cleaner may already have a name. Perhaps it's a unique number and you just don't know what it is?

Several decades ago I read a book titled Beyond Supernature by Lyall Watson. He cited some scientific studies (which I did not pursue) and made the case that plants and trees were possibly conscious, and that it was our perception, partly a result of the fact that plants and trees do not move from their birthplace (sprouting or planting place?) like animals do, that tends to make us assume they are not conscious. He then went on to present his rational for their consciousness, which included their ability to communicate with each other.

Robotic vacuums seem to move around, so, consider the following questions: Can the vacuum find its own power receptacle to self-serve itself power? Does it come with a wireless interface of some kind for communication?

A world without love is difficult for humans to imagine, but isn't a world without fear the dream of many? If humans are building robots that have the potential for consciousness either in the past, now, or in the future, and if it were possible to give them emotions such as animals have, then would it be desirable to do so?

Perhaps the experience of any such conscious machine would be different from humans or animals, in a analogous way to the differences between plants and animals, so why would humans wish machines to have the qualities that we possess that seem, at many times, highly flawed?

Tonya @ Kingfisher Cove

Especially if it's cute, right? Which your little vac sounds like it is! How do you like it? I've been contemplating one myself!


In answer to your question, I certainly will. Anything that helps me around the house is my best friend!


Great question! Makes me stop and think about how I relate to my car, my Mac....haven't even made to the robot stage yet!! LOL

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