skinner whole houseprogramming
While mucking around with whole house automation I arrived at the inevitable point when I needed something to actually do with all the cool technology that almost worked. Having devoted entirely too much time to the process of raising and training a miniature human my first instinct was to make my task is parent easier.
Enter JAYNE from a previous post: my fledgling house AI. As documented, her attempts at cajoling my daughter coming a good citizen of the house were decidedly mixed.
Given the incomplete state of her cerebral cortex I looked to more primitive approaches to training her. Obviously the work of BF Skinner sprang to mind. I needed a system of rewards and disincentives to guide her responses. Apparently it is considered controversial to raise your daughter in a Skinner box.
Having ruled out electrified floors I needed a more subtle form of reinforcement either positive or negative. My first and most obvious choice was increasingly obnoxious sound starting at the desired moment departure and culminating in dreadful cacophony after we long since should have departed. As resistance and immunity grew I accompanied the alarming sounds with progressively slashing red lights.
At the other end of the spectrum where I played soothing lights and softer music to suggest that the end of the evening approached. Was harder to measure in concrete terms, but seemed more subtly effective as both a reminder and an actual somnolent.
More tactile followed experiments in the same vein (I re-purposed several Google buttons to allow the house to know when task completed and provide positive stimuli in the form of jokes and humorous anecdotes) my efforts failed completely when the children ran off with all the buttons and proceeded to positively reinforce themselves at will.
My next and admittedly dubious efforts will be towards Arduino sensors that inform the AI when tasks are completed. for example I envision sensors under the cat food that will note when the cat has been said likewise sensors in the cabinet will alert Jane as to the status of the dishwasher.
I fully expect all such efforts to go completely unrewarded as the horde of monkeys quickly figures out how to subvert and game the system. At least my expectations will have been made clear.