gender bias and stereotypes

I am currently preparing a lecture on “computational methods in big data analysis for business” and that involves scraping data from web pages, and since I learn best by doing I decided to explore gender biases and stereotypes. I was curious how different women and men are with respect to their interests. I also read …

wrong expectations in AI research

For quite a while humankind works on understanding the human brain. While we know quite a bit about what single components do, we are more or less innocent about how any cognitive process actually works. You see that on the lag of “brain like” algorithms that are actually use full. The technological pinnacle like Siri …

Munchkin Party

Last Sunday I was bouncing ideas back and forth with Cliff (from SlugFestGames.com) about collaborative gaming – in unusual situations. The game we talked about was Munchkin and how my kids usually play it. The normal rules cause every player to help the monsters and stop the progression of every other player. A very competitive …

Markov Brain Controllers in Robots

Evolving Markov Brains in virtual environments is one thing, but what happens when you expose Markov Brains to the real world? Here I show two examples where Thassyo Pinto and I tried exactly that. In the first example we evolved Markov Brains to follow a line. We used a fully virtual and fairly abstract environment …

OCR pad

We evolved Markov Brains to detect hand written numerals. For this project we used the MNIST database as the image source. In the end we use a committee of 30 different Markov Brains and let them vote on the result. In order to make this technology more experience-able I incorporated the evolved Markov Brains in …

Swarming Game

How does it feel to be a bird flying in a swarm? Well, I used our evolved predators and prey from the EOS project and made a game where you can control one of the swarm agents. Your objective is to avoid the predators as long as possible. Here I not only evolved the predators …

CURVE

CURVE is currently under development but this game will be an action puzzle game very much like the famous EDGE game for the iPhone. Here is a screen shot of this really intricate game EDGE: EDGE has the really cool almost plastic like look which I tried to capture in CURVE. This screen shot of …

resetting behavior

Retrieving food from the environment and returning it home is a well known behavior. We are interested how organisms navigate in order to do so, and which evolutionary constrains and factors shape the behavior. During one of our experiments to evolve path integration we observed reseting behavior. Imagine you drive to a new location and …

weirdest CA

I assume you know what a CA (cellular automaton) is? If not check here. In these automata you usually have one rule which govers the entire grid and each cell obeys to the same rule. Here I changed this dramatically. Each cell is not only using the states of the neighbors to determine it’s next …