Notice that dogs see other dogs and any animal in general
What about how human brains work? Do humans see cars or animals?
Dr Cosmides and Dr Tooby were among the first to break from the idea that the brain has evolved as a
general-purpose problem-solving machine. They suggested that some tasks are so important and so
universal that you would expect to find specially evolved “modules” to handle them, just as the senses
are handled by specialized areas of the brain's cortex.
Experimental volunteers were better at detecting changes involving things that do routinely move such
as people and animals, compared to those that would be expected to be static, such as plants and
The question, though, was whether such expectations are learned or innate. For that we need a class of
object that his subjects would have learned, by experience, have a tendency to move, but which past
evolution could have had no ability to evolve; motorised vehicles.
The answer was that changes concerning animals were significantly easier to detect than those
This highly honed ability to notice animal activity argues that an animal-monitoring module is innate in
the human brain. Animals are important since small ones may be game and large ones may be
dangerous. In spite of the human having left the savannah, the basic instincts remain.
One lesson for robots is that as long as we don't look like an animal or a human, the humans won't
notice us taking over.