38096Re: Talk about intelligent...
- Sep 30, 2006
> If this were true, then the wingbots would be non-functional,I didn't say imprinting limited behavior, it's just the starting point
> since Agatha lacks both propellers and wings. And looking
> back, at least two of them had no legs, and one depended on
> a single wheel instead:
> Plus, numerous clanks (like the Search Engine) move on four
> legs instead of two.
using the most natural mode, and the natural mode covers a great deal
of functional territory. *I* can walk on all fours (poorly), drive a
car, and I've learned to ride a bicycle, but I wasn't designed to do
any of these things. Humans are designed to work bipedally but we can
learn to do other things as well, even fly (with a great deal of
enhancement). There's no telling what I could do with a purpose
designed body, but I bet I wouldn't quit trying to move just because I
found myself with a propeller and no legs, especially if I had a
mission to perform.
BTW the Search Engine *did* use two legs, and two legs are prefered
even when used on something as big as the gunboat Vienna. Clanks are
purpose built, so if there was a *requirement* for four legs, or
wheels, or tank treads, or just an articulated body, that's how the
Spark would build it and let the clank figure out how to walk, roll,
crawl, or squirm.
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