Instinct and dynamic intelligence - Untangling The Mysteries of Artificial Intelligence

10 May 2017

We thought long and hard on how to explain our Artificial Intelligence-technology SensorBeat in an easy-to-understand way. We finally came up with a slightly unorthodox, but to the point, metaphor: let’s think of Imagimob’s AI-tech as a honey bee.

People sometimes make the mistake and think of bees as lilliputian, mindless, identical drones which are pre-programmed to perform a specific job. That is true to some extent as far as the job goes, but a bee is far from being an automaton.

The bee understands and interacts with its environment based on instinct as does our AI-tech SensorBeat. This instinct consists of a very sophisticated set of actions which operate in real-time, helping the bee to do the day to day jobs: collect pollen, make honey.

Besides performing the routine activities, bees can also make use of some eye-popping technology to communicate with the ever-changing world around them. Their advanced sensors can perceive not only the geomagnetic field of the planet, but they can also sense the electromagnetic waves in the atmosphere.

There is no such thing as perfect circumstances

At the simplest level a bee can understand and act on its instincts when there is business as usual, and when nothing out of the ordinary is happening. But, for humans and bees alike, the only thing that is constant is change. Seasons, weather, time of day, environmental conditions like air pressure and humidity, or threats like fire or predators, all have a big influence on the normal state of affairs in a bee's life.

Yes, the bee is programmed to follow its instincts to fly around, get pollen, make honey, and care for the Queen-bee, but, if there is a slight deviation from the normal circumstances (“Oh my, there is a fire”) she needs to understand and figure out what to do with this irregularity. Our bee must handle an amount of confusion and uncertainty associated with the incoming information - that challenges her built-in instincts to bring order to the world. Instead of continuing to go about things as usual, she starts to associate and classify information: her dynamic intelligence kicks in.

This particular situation in which the bee now finds herself doesn’t happen as a rule but she is ready for it when it does. You see, “smart bees” don't just plan for perfect circumstances, but for the unexpected, as well.

Dynamic intelligence means dealing with obstacles when they present themselves, using past experiences to avoid future accidents. This dynamic intelligence is what helps the bee to solve problems and to make and carry through efficient decisions.

The secret sauce (or honey, if you will) behind SensorBeat

Our SensorBeat AI creates the same type of instincts that bees have. SensorBeat only requires small pieces of information to learn, and it learns quickly.

While the bee analogy may not provide a complete understanding of our rather complex technology, it could help explain the basics of how SensorBeat works. It’s small but powerful, it’s instinctual, and it possesses real dynamic intelligence. Just like a honey bee.