involuntary nervous system controls functions on which we dont have to "exert thought", or where in the brains neruronal activity is either totally disengaged or barely engaged if at all.
reaction to a fire, swatting a mosquito bite-site etc are typical involuntary responses. So is itching and probably yawning.
I have seen most AI systems are mimicking the central nervous system where in the brain processes information from nerves and responds with an output.
Lets take an example of an automomous vehicle:
when an object is detected as being likely collision / impact site, the system calculates vehicle parameters to avoid, reduce or mitigate the predicted outcome.
What if the autonomous lets go of some of the processing to an involuntary system which for example:
1) applies a predetermined braking effort that is not going to cause traction loss.
2) Tightens safety belts and primes inflators to trigger air bags in readiness of final call to execute in nano seconds
3) makes and emergency audio output (aka honk) of mild but noticeable loudness
4) reduces power to wheels from engine or motors
5) ensures steering system is tuned to be slightly more sensitive than normal cruise
and many other things...
With such a single step decision and execution, all parameters adding up to a collision are already reduced.
The real AI task is to now keep the vehicle stable and steer safely to a stop avoiding collision as best as it can, with an already enhanced chance of avoidance.
Does that sound like a better if not best algorithm for Autonomous Vehicles?
Lets hear your thoughts and extend the principle to other examples as a thought experiment, who knows we may bring the AI masters to a nice point worth considering!