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From Mere Embodiment to the Cyborg Mind.

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From Mere Embodiment to the Cyborg Mind Andy Clark Cognitive Science Program Indiana University As of Fall 2004 Dept of Philosophy Edinburgh University Scotland disembodied symbolic abstract rule-following clunky chunky high-level slow brittle…..etc embodiment
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From Mere Embodiment to the Cyborg Mind Andy Clark Cognitive Science Program Indiana University As of Fall 2004 Dept of Philosophy Edinburgh University Scotland

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immaterial typical theoretical guideline taking after burdensome thick abnormal state moderate brittle…..etc

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epitome establishing flow recognition activity frameworks certifiable continuous inserted enactive……etc

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Just how diverse ARE these two ideal models truly? Exactly what is it about exemplification that (when considered important) truly matters for the very state of a mind's investigation? What is the RELATION between those two evidently altogether different arrangements of target exercises (between deliberation - rich intelligent reason and more fundamental limits for epitomized activity)? In the event that exemplification matters, does despite everything it make a difference ‘all the way up’?

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Two Questions √ 2.Embodiment: What Really Matters? 3.Sensing 4.Incorporation versus Use 5.Mind and Reason 6.Can the be a Science of Hybrids?

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Two Questions √ 2.Embodiment: What Really Matters? 3.Sensory Substitution 4. Joining versus Use 5.Mind and Reason 6. Can there be a Science of Hybrids?

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Mere Embodiment Modest Embodiment Profound Embodiment

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For Shakey, the body and nature were most importantly issues to be comprehended . The earth was the issue enclosure . The sensors distinguished the lay-out in that coliseum. The thinking framework arranged an answer. The body was simply one more issue, that then should have been be miniaturized scale oversaw in order to put the arrangement into practice.

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Passive Dynamic Walkers (PDW’s) (Andy Ruina Lab, Cornell: unique work by Tad McGeer) No activation with the exception of gravity , and no control framework, aside from a mechanical knee. Internal and external legs are matched to compel it from falling over sideways. Shockingly, PDW’s are skilled (when set on a delicate grade) of exceptionally steady, human-looking strolling .

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Systematically pushing, damping and tweaking a framework in which Passive Dynamic impacts assume an extremely real part = an exceptionally basic case of natural control

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Ecological Control A biological control framework is one in which objectives are not accomplished by miniaturized scale dealing with everything about the fancied activity or reaction, yet by benefitting as much as possible from hearty, dependable wellsprings of pertinent request in the substantial or common environment of the controller. (See additionally Rob Wilson on ‘ exploitative control’).

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frameworks that are particularly planned to continually scan for chances to benefit as much as possible from body and world , checking for what is accessible, and after that (at different time-scales and with changing degrees of trouble) incorporating it profoundly, making new utilitarian wholes. i.e. a progressively versatile type of biological control.

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Any control framework that is exceedingly built to have the capacity to figure out how to make maximal issue disentangling utilization of an open-finished assortment of inward, real, or outer wellsprings of request. = progressively versatile biological control

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“Ecological control” names a general impact not a solitary instrument . That impact (the accomplishment of fragile versatile equalizations between natural, neural and real flow) comes in numerous degrees and flavors , the distance from pretty much hard-wired biological parities to learnt-on-the-fly environmental parities.

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The third hand is controlled by EMG signs recognized by anodes put on four key muscle destinations on Stelarc’s legs and guts. The third hand is controlled by Stelarc’s cerebrum by means of muscle summons to these locales that are then handed-off to the prosthesis. Since these destinations are not ordinarily utilized for hand control, the third hand can be moved autonomously of the other two

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Stelarc essentially feels as though he wills the third hand to move , pretty much as he wills his natural hands to move. For every situation, the control is familiar and instinctive. It appears to oblige no unique exertion or cognizant center .

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Normally, you don’t feel as in the event that you may be (for instance) USING your hand to do the cleaning up. Rather, you simply feel as though YOU are cleaning up. Your hand capacities as what a few logicians call TRANSPARENT EQUIPMENT : hardware through which you can follow up on the world without first willing a follow up on whatever else. (see Heidegger (1927) on the ‘ready-to-hand’)

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The same is valid in the organic case . The human newborn child must learn, by experimentation and practice, which neural summons achieve which real impacts ,and must then practice until she is sufficiently talented to issue those charges without cognizant exertion (so the body gets to be straightforward hardware)

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A monkey, with embedded cathodes observing cerebrum action, figures out how to control a joystick to move a cursor to get rewards. The checking PC realizes what neural charges relate to what joystick movements . Next, the joystick is separated. The monkey finds, however, that it can at present utilize its own particular neural summons ( as transmitted by the embedded terminals and decoded by the observing PC ) to straightforwardly control the cursor. At last, the orders are occupied to control a far off robot arm , whose movements are thought about in the screen cursor developments, in this way shutting the circle.

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Picture from New Scientist site page

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“the flow of the robot arm (reflected by the cursor developments) get to be joined into different cortical representations …we recommend that the slow increment in behavioral performance…emerged as a result of a plastic re-association whose primary result was the progress' absorption of a counterfeit actuator into the physiological properties of frontoparietal neurons” Carmena et al Public Library of Science: Biology Vol 1: 2:2003 p.205

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Whereas humble epitome regards the body as a settled (however exceptionally critical) asset, significant encapsulation is portrayed by steady learning and re-alignment . Organic types of encapsulation, not at all like a ton of current work in mechanical technology, every one of the tend towards the ‘profound’ end of this range , however we primates appear to be particularly plastic and very much built for numerous exemplification and familiar instrument - utilization.

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Even the psyches that, in the motion picture The Matrix, populate the Matrix ‘dream-world’ consider significantly typified , since those brains show the same versatile natural control capacities as our own particular . For instance, a Matrixer could figure out how to smoothly consolidate a Stelarc-style third-hand, or to utilize an idea controlled robot arm. It is only that the physical motion of the new parts would be held set up by the Machines’ PC reenactment instead of common material science.

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These sorts of brains are indiscriminately body-and-world abusing . They are always trying and investigating the potential outcomes for fusing new assets and structures profound into their critical thinking administrations. They are to be sure the personalities of Natural-Born Cyborgs (indecent fitting): frameworks constantly re-arranging their own points of confinement, parts, and (as we’ll next see) information stores and interfaces .

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Two Questions √ 2.Embodiment: What Really Matters?√ 3.Sensing 4. Joining versus Use 5.Mind and Reason 6.A Science of Hybrids?

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Tactile Visual Sensory Substitution (TVSS) Work by Paul Bach y Rita and partners

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STOP feeling the tickling on the back and START to report harsh, semi visual encounters of approaching articles and so forth. Before long, a ball tossed at the head causes instinctual and suitable ducking. The causal chain is ‘deviant’ : it runs by means of the methodical data to the back. Be that as it may, the data's nature conveyed, and the way it underpins the control of activity , is unmistakable of the visual methodology.

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“TVSS frameworks [have] been adequate to perform complex observation and ‘eye’-hand co-appointment errands . These have included face acknowledgment, precise judgment of pace and bearing of a moving ball with more than 95% exactness in batting the ball as it moves over a table edge, and complex review get together tasks”. Bach-y-Rita 2001

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The head-mounted camera was under the subject’s engine control. This implied that the cerebrum could, as a result test by means of the engine framework , giving orders that efficiently fluctuated the data , to start to shape theories about what data the material signs may be conveying. For instance, you hear somebody drawing nearer from the left, turn the camera that way, and see what material example relates to this occasion …

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The engine framework working the camera could be changed , eg to a hand-held camera, with no loss of keenness. The touch cushion, as well, could be moved to new real destinations. Likewise, there was no perplexity: a tingle scratched under the framework brought about no ‘visual’ impacts . (see Bach y Rita and Kercel “Sensory Substitution and the Human-Machine Interface” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7:12:2003)

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Leprosy patients who have lost feeling in their grasp. Fitted with a sensor-loaded glove that transmits signs to a brow mounted material plate exhibit, they report feeling impressions of touch at the fingertips . This is on account of the engine control over the sensors runs through summons to the hand so the sensation is anticipated to that site. Bach y Rita and Kercel operation cit. (notice that