Comments on RoboEarth Cloud Engine Makes Local Bots Smarter
' 'Yes, sir, said Henry, and assumed the curious absent look of a robot talking on the TBR [Talk Between Robots] circuits...'- Frederik Pohl, 1954. (Read
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"See also this example of a similar idea, from the classic 1966 Star Trek episode 'Mudd's Women'. In this segment, Kirk confuses what appear to be autonomous android women. However, when the androids are unable to 'compute' the absurd antics of the Enterprise crew, they appeal to a central computer for extra computational resources - via their glowing number badges.
(Bill Christensen 3/18/2013 9:14:28 AM)
"I've also recalled another example, from comments on an earlier article.
"The geth are a race of networked artificial intelligences that reside beyond the Perseus Veil. The geth were created by the quarians, as laborers and tools of war...
Part of the geth's success is due to their neural network. Effectively, they 'share' their processing power, distributing low-level processes like motor control and visual identification to free up bandwidth for higher reasoning and complex thought. Geth can't share sensory data—they aren't a hive mind like the rachni—but in large groups they have more to think with. An individual geth has only a basic intelligence on par with animal instincts, but in groups they can reason, analyze situations, and use tactics as well as any of the organic races. "
(From the Mass Effect wiki)