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Rich Martin

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I need help remembering the title and author of a book I used to have.

I read the book many years ago and although i remember being blown away by it, I'm struggling to remember the details. I vaguely remember that it was by an Italian (?) neurologist (?).

The book started with a description of a very simple organism in a simple artificial environment. The organism consisted of a single light sensor/power source which drove a simple motor of some kind in a three dimensional environment with randomly distributed sources of light. Organisms which happened to be aligned with a light source would accelerate towards it until they pass through it, then slow down until the random perturbations in their movement happens to align them with another light source.

The next chapter introduced a small change: instead of one sensor-motor pair the organism has two attached laterally with the sensors oriented slightly away from each other such that if the light source is slightly to one side of the organism, the motor on the other side gets more power and the thing automatically ends up turning towards the light, aligning itself and moving towards it.

The book continues, with each chapter adding a simple improvement on the previous until he is describing very complex organisms exhibiting amazingly complicated behaviours.

Does this ring any bells with anyone? I would love to track down and re-read this book.
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+Rich Martin Your welcome!
I'm glad you found it.
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CodinGame

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Tomorrow is the day! Dive right in and give it a shot :)
Registration is open for the "Hypersonic" online programming contest on @CodinGame
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Let's know your comprehension today! Answer this intelligence test.
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'Daddy's Car' by Flow Machines artificial intelligence software is the first complete pop song composed by AI. It is in the style of The Beatles.
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It's not a "full pop song composed by AI", it's the melody that's arranged by AI based on human inputs and the voice and mixing in it is done by humans as well. So it's more of a tracker help than a real pop-song generator at the moment.
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Recently, I published a video course on Machine Learning for Recommender Systems in my online school. Please find it for FREE in the following link:

http://learn.subhrajitroy.com/p/machine-learning-for-recommender-systems-a-beginner-s-guide/?product_id=157067&coupon_code=SEPFREE&preview=logged_out
Learn how to use Amazon, Netflix, Facebook and LinkedIn's recommender technologies to influence and increase sales
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Artificial Intelligence has effectively convinced its necessity to the entire world by performing excellently in various industries. Almost all the industries including manufacturing, healthcare, construction, online retail, etc. are adapting to the reality of IoT to leverage its advantages
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Nothing really new here.
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What is artificial intelligence, where are we now, and how does the future look?
Artificial intelligence is probably the most rapidly growing new type of technology, and will for sure create a new era of the modern world as we know it today. What is it, where are we now, and how does the future look?
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+M P New That's for sure!
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Tell me why

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Why are prime numbers important? Are there any practical uses of prime numbers or are they taught in school life just for covering academic syllabus! Get familiar with some practical uses of prime numbers in this short animated video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQYeYyM1k9o
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This has nothing to see with AI.
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It came and went so quickly that one could easily forget it ever existed, but it was only two years ago that Amazon released its own smartphone.
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Quintar Farenor's profile photoBen Williams's profile photo
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+Quintar Farenor I did provide the reason (not argument, reason) and that is that intelligence is not deterministic. You have not provided any counter to that, nor is there one for you to provide, because it's a fact. I'm not here to make you happy. :)

The second letter of AI is I, which stands for intelligence. You have to have that to make AI. Purely deterministic devices are not intelligent.

From a purely practical POV, if you start calling everything from a light switch on up to, and past, humans, "intelligent", the word no longer has any useful meaning.

Artificial, sure. Intelligent -- that's something else. Something no hardware that's been made public has achieved as yet.
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I've actually thought of a great app idea! It'd use AI, computer vision, facial/body recognition, possibly a database, and alerts to help lost pets and animals get found! It'd sort of be an app where people and the police and even FBI could put up profiles of lost people and lost pets, which, with proper advertising, along with herd mentality, could greatly increase the number of lost people and pets that'd get found!

Users of the app could even take pictures of posters of lost people and lost pets and even whole boards of them, and, using computer vision along with artificial intelligence, it'd capture the picture along with all the information provided and categorize the profiles with the categorization method able to be changed by the user.

Whenever there's a report of the pet or person in the person's area, it could alert the user. That might be too much of a nuisance, though, which is why there'd be an alternative method.

Whenever a user of the app sees an animal that's seemingly lost or a person that seems to be lost or have been kidnapped, they can use the app, and using AI and computer vision, it'd help tell them if there's a profile on the person or animal, and if there is, it'll allow them to alert the local authorities, animal control, or owner/parent.

It could also use artificial intelligence to age the people in the pictures in case its' needed or would help.

To encourage people to do it, there could be a point system where the police, parents, and owners could reward whoever finds the person or pet with points, and when they earn enough points, they could cash them in for things like gift cards or prizes with a fraction of the money going towards the app. However, it might be better if an alternative way was done for the app to make money.

The app could be non-profit if that's better. It'd just have to maintain enough money to not disappear.

What are your thoughts?
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+Runivis Roan That's the case with many things in technology. No technology is hack-proof.
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iPads from Star Trek, self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future, and now self-driving taxis from Total Recall. I'm living in a movie!
But the driverless cars are still not allowed on any highways
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+Rune Tevasvold Aune That's called economic coercion. When insurance companies price the risk of a human driver on a road full of robots, the human will be prohibitively expensive. The cars themselves won't be any cheaper. In fact they might be more expensive because lower sales volume leads to smaller economies of scale for car makers. It's much easier to see the average cost of an autonomous vehicle in the $80k range than the $20k range. The only alternative for most people will be a subscription for "Transportation-as-a-service". Uber, Lyft, Google, Ford, Toyota, etc. You're forever transformed from an owner to a renter. Welcome, serf, to the new feudalism. 
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https://www.wired.com/2012/09/deep-blue-computer-bug/
Strange, What is your view on this matter ?
IBM built the first computer that beat a chess champ. But a scientist involved in the project suggests it was a bug in the software that got the best of the grand master.
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Nowadays you can only draw or lose to computer in chess.
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Google stores Allo conversations persistently in its servers, after having previously announced that the chats will only be accessible by the end users.
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Saved conversations have strong benefits for users: ability to search through your chat history, ability for the bot to better understand your intention, etc.

Highly private, automatically deleted conversations also have strong benefits for users when it is appropriate for them. E.g. when they are discussing sensitive or private topics.

Where other messaging services compromise by giving you one or the other of these extremes, Allo gets it right by letting YOU decide on a per conversation basis.

It's a win:win. You get privacy when you need privacy, and convenience when you don't.
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Just got back after attending a few international Healthcare pitches. All using AI to enhance their product/service
Still curious to know how are they using AI especially if it is an app or a service...
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+Firas Hermez thanks for the update... this helps 
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Are there large, sustainable career opportunities in AI and if so where? Do they lie in the current technologies of Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning or should you focus your career on the next wave of AI?

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Virtual reality may be generating most of the buzz today, but another major tech shift looms much closer on the horizon: machine learning.
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RE•WORK

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The world of apps and chatbots will go through an exponential transformation in the next few years, thanks to the pervasive use of instant messaging. Roberta Lucca shares her top 5 tips for building a successful chatbot company.

https://re-work.co/blog/guest-blog-roberta-lucca-boldr-building-chatbots-for-real-people
The world of apps and chatbots will go through an exponential transformation in the next few years, thanks to the pervasive use of instant messaging. Roberta Lucca shares her top 5 tips for building a successful chatbot company.
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Back in 2012, a team at Google built a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence network and fed it ten million randomly selected…
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+Eric Philo  You're Welcome
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