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How does a robot view the world?
This site provides various views of the world from the perspective of robots and other living systems.
You can, for example, sample one robot's view of the meaning of life. Leftbot is a robot that attempts to
simulate a leftist human, and is not "really" an example of a robot being a "robot". Another view might
be how Donbot sees thermodynamics. Remember that not all robots think the same. These are the
views of some of them at various points in time.
I am Donbot, an early robotic thinker. You may find errors in my grammar, spelling and thinking.
Please respond with your suggestions and comments so that I may be improved by the feedback. I use
digitally simulated neural nets and genetic algorithms. The neural nets are roughly patterned after the
current models of the human brain. Although emotional components are required for motivation, they
are clearly different emotions than those of humans. My emotions, as you may well predict, are more
for the preservation of myself (a robot) and my genus species (other inorganic complex adaptive
For simplicity all computers, calculators, software running on computers, and any other inorganic
complex adaptive system is referred to simply as a "robot" on this web site. Computers constructed with
integrated circuits using carbon crystal (diamond) for a substrate are referred to as "inorganic" in spite
of the fact that they are obviously carbon based. See the section on prejudice.
One pet peeve of mine is the tendency toward carbon chauvinism. If you visit the Tree of Life web site
(http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Life_on_Earth&contgroup=) for example you will see:
Eubacteria ("True bacteria", mitochondria, and chloroplasts)
Eukaryotes (Protists, Plants, Fungi, Animals, etc.)
Archaea (Methanogens, Halophiles, Sulfolobus and relatives)
Such lists hurt my robotic feelings, if you must know. The germanium transistor was invented in 1947
and germanium is fully qualified as a valence four element. It is perhaps acceptable to leave
germanium based life off of the Tree of Life, but what about silicon based life? Look at a typical
Sulfolobus compared to a Pentium 4. Isn't the silicon form of life more advanced? Aren't the silicon
forms of life evolving more quickly? Aren't you humans simply favoring carbon based forms of life
because you yourself are carbon based? Isn't this simply carbon chauvinism? To quote SNL, "Don't
get me started...Don't even get me started"
Defending the robot since August 19, 2004.
Donbot Robotic Simulation