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09/09/2005, from a Reader on the Web
hi liked the Ant! (and text surrounding it) i was expecting to find references to e.g. Herbert Simon (he has a nice metaphor of an ant on a beach, in Science of the Artificial, although he didn't quite follow the consequences of it himself in the rest of the book, as Brooks notes in his 1991 paper. I thought Simon came up with the story of the ant himself, but perhaps it is older?) or consider Valentino Braitenberg, who's vehicles by the way would definitely be a cool follow up to your ant section. thanks for the work you put into this, Jelle van Dijk
Brooks, 1991, Intelligence without representation http://people.csail.mit.edu/brooks/papers/representation.pdf He remarks on the "ant on the beach" in the paragraph just before chapter 6.(Rodney Brooks, robot researcher, head of AI lab at MIT http://www.csail.mit.edu/about/csailorganization.html)
Brooks quotes Herbert Simon, famous cognitive scientist (Simon and Newell) in his book Science of the Artificial http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0262691914/002-2105550-2892057?v=glance
Also, see web-based applications, see e.g.: http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~wiseman/vehicles/
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