17  Intelligent Sensor Systems

There will always be a debate about what is “smart,” “intelligent,” or even “sentient” (which technically means having the five senses) in the context of artificial intelligence in computing systems. The term “sentient” in particular is used to describe very high-order metal processes such as self-awareness, awareness of one’s soul, self-objectivity, and so on, which are all well beyond the scope of anything discussed in this book. However, it is plausible to compare smart sensors to the preprogrammed and sensor-reactive behavior of insects. It is a safe argument that insects lack the mental processing to be compared to human intelligence but, insects have an amazing array of sensor capability, dwarfed only ...

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