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But Why Physical Computing?

Posted on: September 21, 2008

The area of Artificial Intelligence (AI), using computers to imitate, and maybe someday replace, human beings, has been an important part of computer science since its beginning .In the program that I am studying ( intelligent Systems Design) we take up basic level and advanced courses in Artificial Intelligence where we take up issues on software for intelligent systems, both from the “classical” and  “biologically inspired” points of views. But these courses alone would remain to be mere talks on the “virtual soul” if one didn’t know the basics of hardware (the flesh) for these intelligent products/ agents and the orthodox that lies therein. I believe I should have the glimpses of technologies including sensors, actuators, and the electronic and computational elements that enable and control their behavior in real time. And for that no other course comes to the rescue than Physical Computing which raises the facts of the matter both from the theoretical and design points of views. After the course I believe I will have a firm understanding about bridging the connection between the physical and computer (virtual World). The course would add incentives on how to develop prototypes placing me on a firm ground while understanding intelligent materials and their design potentials.

Markos K





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