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Evolved artificial intelligence can play video games better than humans

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Have you ever wondered if an AI could outplay you at Space Invaders? Wonder no more. Matthew Hausknecht and his colleagues from the University of Texas at Austin report that they have evolved an AI controller that beats the highest

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Bigger groups make better decisions

In his seminal work in 1907, Vox Populi (The Wisdom of the Crowds), Sir Francis Galton looked at the results of a weight-judging competition where participants had to guess the weight of an ox for a monetary prize. As would

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How and why do animals evolve grouping behavior?

In the concluding remarks of their book Living in Groups, Jens Krause and Graeme Ruxton highlighted “understanding how and why animals evolve grouping behavior” as one of the major topics in animal grouping behavior research that would benefit from further

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Why I love open source, and wish science worked this way

Yesterday, I got bored and hastily hacked together a script to scrape word frequencies from Reddit and make word clouds out of them. Of course, I included the source code on github so everyone else could use the script if

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Neuroevolution: an alternative route to Artificial Intelligence

If you were to ask a random person what the best example of Artificial Intelligence is out there, what do you think it would be? Most likely, it would be IBM’s Watson. In a stunning display of knowledge and accuracy,

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David Eagleman: are we taking the right approach to Artificial Intelligence?

I watched a YouTube video earlier today of an interview with David Eagleman, where he discussed his thoughts on the current approach that most researchers are taking to the problem of Artificial Intelligence. To me, this is an extremely interesting

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