Topic: Risto Miikkulainen

Mass Extinctions Can Accelerate Evolution

Aug. 12, 2015
Virtual Biped Robot

A computer science team at UT Austin has found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond its implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.

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Artificially Intelligent Game Bots Pass the Turing Test on Turing's Centenary

Sept. 26, 2012

An artificially intelligent virtual gamer created has won the BotPrize by convincing a panel of judges that it was more human-like than half the humans it competed against.

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Scientists Afflict Computers with Schizophrenia to Better Understand the Human Brain

May 5, 2011

Computer networks that can't forget fast enough can show symptoms of a kind of virtual schizophrenia, giving researchers further clues to the inner workings of schizophrenic brains, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Yale University have found.

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Research Alert

April 30, 2009

Read the research blog Further Findings. This week the blog highlights a quirky but key prop in the Robert De Niro Collection at the Harry Ransom Center.

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