I have long been perplexed at the obsession with so many AI folks with vision processing.
I mean: yeah, it's important to human intelligence, and some aspects of human cognition are related to human visual perception
But, it's not obvious to me why so many folks think vision is so critical to AI, whereas other aspects of human body function are not.
For instance, the yogic tradition and related Eastern ideas would suggest that *breathing* and *kinesthesia* are the critical aspects of mind. Together with touch, kinesthesia is what lets a mind establish a sense of self, and of the relation between self and world.
In that sense kinesthesia and touch are vastly more fundamental to mind than vision. It seems to me that a mind without vision could still be a basically humanlike mind. Yet, a mind without touch and kinesthesia could not, it would seem, because it would lack a humanlike sense of its own self as a complex dynamic system embedded in a world.
Why then is there constant talk about vision processing and so little talk about kinesthetic and tactile processing?
Personally I don't think one needs to get into any of this sensorimotor stuff too deeply to make a thinking machine. But, if you ARE going to argue that sensorimotor aspects are critcial to humanlike AI because they're critical to human intelligence, why harp on vision to the exclusion of other things that seem clearly far more fundamental??
Is the reason just that AI researchers spend all day staring at screens and ignoring their physical bodies and surroundings?? ;-)