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Terrence McKenna once activated, according to a story he told, on
one of his trips, the ancient visual ability to recognize the path of
least resistance when walking over uneven terrain, the lazy man's
I walk through the park and over 5 or 6 creeks, every few weeks,
with an older relative
who has trouble crossing the stepping stones
across the creeks. So I have had to slow down and walk just a few
steps in front of him and try to force myself to limit my path
recognition capability to what I think he could reasonably do.
Having to switch like this in my head makes me think that that
be a good software to have, one that could take a first person
and find the best stepping stone path across a creek within the
of what a person could do. It would have to involve all sorts of
cool learning and prediction stuff and 3D visual stuff.
Just the topigraphic piece and finding the ballence between the
length of the path one would have to take over a terrain and the
energy that would have to be expended going up and down
and declines would be great too.
||This sounds a bit like one of those DARPA challenges: build a robot that can cross a stream without falling into the water.
||And here I thought the Idea was about stepping on
particular flagstones leading to a house door, to unlock it.
In the "Computer" category, a smart house could be set up
with small transmitters on flagstones, such that a particular
set of them used, in a particular order, was a useful