Reinforcement learning and its new frontiers

RL's origins and historic context RL copies a very simple principle from nature. The psychologist Edward Thorndike documented it more than 100 years ago. Thorndike placed cats inside boxes from which they could escape only by pressing a lever. After a considerable amount of pacing around and meowing, the animals would eventually step on the … Continue reading Reinforcement learning and its new frontiers

future of human life and biomimicry

4.5 billion years of evolution taught nature what works and what lasts. We've been increasingly distancing ourselves from nature: agricultural revolution – grow stock and abandon hunting/gathering; scientific revolution – “torture nature for her secrets;” industrial revolution – machines replace muscles. Biomimicry is the study of nature for solutions to our problems. Having 96% of our bodies … Continue reading future of human life and biomimicry

Failures of the theory of Darwin (part 1)

Evolution theory devised by Darwin is generally considered one of the most important intellectual achievements of the modern age. The theory allegedly put an end to hitherto existing speculations purporting to explain evolution of humanity and life on earth. In 1859, when the Origin of Species was first published, it did not directly reference humans … Continue reading Failures of the theory of Darwin (part 1)