Chapter 29

Escaping the Grid

Infinite-Resolution Influence Mapping

Mike Lewis

29.1 Introduction

One of the central elements of any robust AI system is knowledge representation. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques and mechanisms for storing and accessing information about an AI agent’s perception of the world around it. The more powerful the knowledge representation, the more effective the AI can be.

A common form of knowledge representation involves measurable (or computable) quantities that vary throughout a region of space. The set of techniques for handling this sort of information is generally referred to as spatial analysis or spatial reasoning. One of the many powerful tools used in spatial reasoning is the influence map.

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