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Mihai Nadin On Anticipatory Systems (06 Jan 2005)
I was the one who introduced to industry the notion of what I called "the aging car" -- by which I meant not that your car would rust a little faster or fall apart sooner, but that as you continued to drive, it would "learn" your driving habits and also take the driver's age into account. So the aging car is the car that "realizes" that your reflexes are no longer the same as when you were 20 or 30 or 40. It will not prevent you driving wherever you want to, but it will try to assist you: what is the best time of day for you to drive, now that your vision and hearing are not what they used to be. The car starts adapting to your characteristics. Adaptations result from hybrid anticipatory control mechanisms at work. They will eventually prove to be much more interesting than the deterministic control mechanisms applied to date.
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