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Description - Understanding Intelligence by Rolf Pfeifer

Evolutionary theory says that the brain has evolved not to do mathematical proofs but to control behaviour and ensure survival. Researchers agree that intelligence always manifests itself in behaviour - thus it is behaviour that must be understood. A new field has grown around the study of behaviour-based intelligence, also known as embodied cognitive science, "new AI" and "behaviour-based AI". This book provides a systematic introduction to this new way of thinking. After discussing concepts and approaches such as subsumption architecture, Braitenberg vehicles, evolutionary robotics, artificial life, self-organization and learning, the authors derive a set of principles and a framework for the study of naturally and artificially intelligent systems, or autonomous agents. This framework is based on a synthetic methodology whose goal is understanding by designing and building. The text includes the background material required to understand the principles underlying intelligence, as well as information of intelligent robotics and simulated agents so readers can begin experiments and projects on their own. The reader is guided through a series of case studies that illustrate the design principles of embodied cognitive science.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262661256
ISBN-10: 026266125X
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 178mm x 32mm)
Pages: 700
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rolf Pfeifer

Christian Scheier is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.

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