Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Simple Principles of Motor Learning

Future roboticists will one day marvel at how simple goal-orientated motor learning is. This short post is intended to give readers a taste of things to come.

Only two simple rules are needed in motor learning for brains and robots:
  • A motor command must achieve a goal.
  • A motor command must not conflict with another command on the same effector.
A few definitions:
  • An effector is a neural mechanism that is used to either start an action or to stop it.
  • A goal is a desired future condition (e.g., a pattern combination).
  • A motor conflict occurs if an effector receives a command to do something that it is already doing.
The ability to predict the future and to set both long-term and short-term goals based on motivation (pain/pleasure conditioning) is paramount to intelligent behavior. As always, timing is the key. I don't know when it will happen but I plan to write a couple of articles to explain how it all works. I am hesitant because this stuff can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Stay tuned.
These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; (Message to Thyatira, Revelation 2:18)

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