Hey, BEAMers. I just got accepted into this email list, and wanted to make a good first impression. I love robots. They're pretty much all I think about all day(not a complement). I believe that biomorphs have great potential, the potential to learn and think on a primitive scale, and that the KISS rule is a little counter-intuitive for me. I don't mind it, it's just that for a robot to be able to instinctively adapt to and navigate its terrain effectively, with no need for remembrance, then there's nothing wrong with KISS. On the other hand, if the machine needs to deliberately coordinate its actions, remember how and why those actions where performed, be able to learn and remember essential skills not able to be provided by instinct, and to have some degree of awareness over its actions, then KISS still has some bearing, but it can no longer dictate the entire design. I even have two learning machines in the works. One two motor walker, the other one four. The four motor with Bruce Robinson's original learning circuit design(I don't see much potential in this one anymore), and the other I designed a vastly improved long-term memory based on the original memory cells and the Sim-Sum neuron. I'll give more on those in a later post.
Hope you enjoy my future work,