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Hey Jason, I'm just working on Chapter 14's Food For Thought as well and I had some thoughts in response to your answer for for question 1*.
I do think that in your example of a securty robot that you're changing the robot's immediate task of patrol to neutralize the bad guys, but if you consider that the overall robot's goal is to maintain security of the office, then it's not really changing goals so much as selecting a new action to achieve the goal. It's kind of like in the text's example of Herbert the robot, the robot has gone from looking for popcans, to trying to clasp one in its grip having identified one. The higher level task suppressed the lower level one and the clasp task will again be suppressed by the higher level 'pick it up' task, all in order to achieve the goal of collecting pop cans.
*Sorry if it's weird I'm looking at your answer and commenting.. I'm just trying to navigate the collaboration component of the course which is tricky in an asynchronous online environment. Feel free to disagree with my thoughts :)
Chris Brown January 17, 2016 - 10:44am
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