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Subsumption Architecture – An AI control architecture built upon behavior modules (state machines) organized into layers moving from the more basic (avoid an obstacle) to the more abstract (find a place to hide, i.e. a dark spot), with “higher order” layers able to subsume lower ones.
The Nervous Net (Nv) – BEAM's answer to the Neural Net (Nu).
A real-time nonlinear analog control system emulating a low-level peripheral spinal system. Based on arrays of sequential RC (Resistor-Capacitor)-time-based pulse delay circuits in closed loops, an Nv net is any circuitry that can act as a medium for sustaining independent control processes.
Nv Neurons (Bicores, Quadcores, & Morecores)
A differentiating circuit element. In its simplest form, a Nv neuron is formed from a capacitor, resistor, and an inverter.
BEAM Schemes (Con't) Example: Bicore – Most basic type of Nv Net with two “neurons” made of 2 caps, 2 inverters (Not gates), and 1 shared resistor.
The Solar Engine – A simple circuit that collects energy through solar cells, stores it in a capacitor or battery, and then dumps it on a given condition (interval of time, voltage value, darkness, etc.)
Free-forming Circuitry – A minimalist construction scheme where electronic components are used as structural elements
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