words and stuff made by Jorge Camacho.

Machina speculatrix: A machine that 'scans'.

Image and text from cyberneticzoo.com


a form of behavior (sniffing, looking, listening, palpating) by which a sensory stimulus is sought or expected, and which is guided by an expectancy of input instead of a future internal state (goal). The search must be broad in the sense of looking everywhere, but narrow in the sense of being specific as to the characteristics of the anticipated stimulus, which implies that the search is guided by memory of past experience, as distinct from a predicted goal or automatic guidance by a set point.

– from Biographical Sketch: W Grey Walter by Walter J Freeman, Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science (2003).