Some very interesting emerging work from the leader of DeepMind, now part of Google, and its research into AI, Deep Learning. His incredible background goes from chess master at the age of 13, design of the video game Theme Park at 17, a PhD in neuroscience, and finally the founding of DeepMind and its purchase by Google in 2014. DeepMind recently made the news for its AlphaGo program, which beat the European Go champion. A couple recent lectures:
Some great links on the biology, cognition, and behavior of octopus, cuttlefish, and other cephalopods, including the incredible morphology of their arms and skin, and attendant development of their highly distributed neurological system (same number of neurons as a cat, but 2/3 distributed throughout the arms) and associated behavior (mimicry, camouflage, mesmerization, and other nomadic/”soft” tactics).
Marine biologist describing the mechanisms of octopus skin coloration. VERY USEFUL
Great video of octopus and the beer bottle – squeezing and adaptive coloration. VERY USEFUL
Overview of octopus morphology and intelligence. USEFUL, esp. at 3:40
(The first foray into Arduino programming. Pretty much following built-in examples for driving DC motors and reading analog sensors (here a IR distance sensor). The fan here was nowhere near powerful enough to inflate even a small garbage bag, but I think the principle is useful, and hopefully this is the start of a series of experiments.
This is a project was developed by student Dongni Lu as part of the Fluid Spaces studio by Profs Sheng Qiang and myself at Tianjin University School of Architecture in the Spring of 2012. It explores the evolving relationship between the production of space and the organization of social activity in the hutong alleyways of Tianjin, China. This project simulates the process by which these alleyway streets are shaped through the encroachment and decay of house boundary walls into the public space of the street. The patterns of occupation of the public space and the highly localized street topology serve to define one-another through this historic process of accretion. Overall the system seeks a dynamic equilibrium between the conflicting desires for the expansion of private space vs. the need for the constitution of a functional public domain for circulation, social gather, commerce, and play.
Examples of the simulation of a dynamic bus routing system running on the streets of Chicago. Work completed by Profs. Thomas Kearns + Jordan Kanter and students Adam Weissert, Haidong Fei, and Li Gong as part of the Urban Data Model Prototype Studio at IIT in 2013-2014.