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1. WO2020132134 - DEVICE AND FOR ENVIRONMENT STATE ESTIMATION AND PREDICTION

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A system for environmental state estimation and decision-making, comprising:

a primary device comprising a plurality of internal sensors and a microprocessor with an agent program, wherein the primary device is configured to send and receive electronic communications to and from a plurality of external sensors and a plurality of other devices with microprocessors with agent programs;

wherein the primary device agent program is configured to:

predict the state of its environment at a time and location according to an internal model of the local environment;

selectively sample the state of its environment at the time and location, wherein said sampling comprise receiving observations about objects, actions, and events in said environment;

determine any environmental state prediction errors;

determine the source or sources for any environmental state prediction errors; and

update the internal model based upon the determined source or sources of prediction errors;

further wherein the primary device agent program selectively samples by receiving observations from its own internal sensors, from one or more external sensors in said plurality of external sensors, and from one or more other devices in said plurality of other devices.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the primary device agent program is further configured to initiate an action.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein the environment knowledge base is distributed among the primary device, the plurality of external sensors, and the plurality of other devices, wherein no single device or sensor possesses or stores the entire knowledge base.

4. The system of claim 1, wherein the primary device agent program is not in communication with a central controller or decision-maker.

5. The system of claim 1, wherein the primary device agent program is not in continued or extended communication with all or substantially all of the other devices with microprocessors with agent programs.

6. The system of claim 1, wherein the primary device agent program and the other devices with microprocessors with agent programs are not programmed to achieve a common goal.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the primary device agent program selects one or more internal sensors from which it received observations to infer smaller observations.

8. The system of claim 7, wherein the primary device agent program selects one external sensor based on the sensor generating the highest prediction error.

9. The system of claim 1, wherein the primary device agent program selectively recruits one or more other devices from which it received observations to infer smaller observations.

10. The system of claim 9, wherein the primary device agent program selectively recruits one other device based on the other device whose behavior for a particular observation generates the highest prediction error.

11. The system of claim 1, wherein the primary device is configured to be worn by a person.

12. The system of claim 11, wherein the primary device comprises a camera, a microphone, a gas sensor, and one or more ambient temperature, pressure or humidity sensors.

13. The system of claim 11, wherein the primary device comprises a heartrate monitor, a body temperature monitor, and/or a blood pressure monitor.

14. The system of claim 11, wherein the primary device is in communication with one or more secondary individual sensors or devices also located on the individual.

15. The system of claim 14, wherein the secondary individual sensors or devices comprise one or more of a health fitness band, a smartwatch, and a pacemaker.

16. The system of claim 1, wherein the primary device is a wristband or watch.

17. The system of claim 1, wherein the primary device is worn on an extremity of the human body.

18. The system of claim 2, wherein the action initiated comprises one or more of:

contacting an appropriate authority;

contacting an owner of a property or business;

contacting an appropriate fire department;

contacting an appropriate police department;

contacting a security guard; or

contacting a health care professional.

19. The system of claim 2, wherein the action initiated is proactive, based upon a prediction made by the primary device agent program.