: Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology (): Valentino Braitenberg: Books. Description of and animations from a Braitenberg vehicle simulator (based In the book Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology, Valentino Braitenberg. The Bactra Review: Occasional and eclectic book reviews by Cosma Shalizi Vehicles. Experiments in Synthetic Psychology. by Valentino Braitenberg.

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When forces like asymmetric friction come into play, the vehicle could deviate from its straight line motion in unpredictable ways akin to Brownian motion.

The first one I loved. In this very well written book the author, Valentino Braitenberg, begins with thought experiments imagining the behaviour of simple “vehicles” – automatons with sensors and motors. Polycontexturality Second-order cybernetics Catastrophe theory Connectionism Control theory Decision theory Engineering cybernetics Information theory Semiotics Synergetics Biological cybernetics Biosemiotics Biomedical cybernetics Biorobotics Computational neuroscience Homeostasis Management cybernetics Medical cybernetics Neurocybernetics Sociocybernetics Emergence Artificial intelligence.

Depending on how sensors and wheels are connected, the vehicle exhibits different behaviors which can be goal-oriented. Imaginative pictures finish this little gem of a book, recommended vehiclse all curious and disillusioned valentlno.

These imaginative thought experiments are the inventions of one of the world’s eminent brain researchers. These vehicles gradually start to act more and more like sentient beings. Energy vehicles have two sets of motors, connected to two sets of sensors imagine that the smaller sensor circles each have two types of sensors in them. Still, I would recommend this for anyone interested in adaptive systems.

Distance-scaling orange and bioenergetic-scaling blue vehicles. Oct 25, Julius rated it liked it. If you take an inside-out approach, like we do here by inventing the “vehicles” step-by-step, the actual internals of complex systems might in reality be less complicated than outside behaviour would indicate. Braitenberg received an honorary doctorate from the University of Salzburg in And yet, as they build on one another and become more complex, they begin to display behaviors that not only seem programmed, but would normally This is an amazing little book.

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Selection the Impersonal Engineer 2 6. With the ipsilateral same-side connections of 1 awhen a sensor is stimulated, the motor on the same vqlentino will activate, spinning the wheel and steering the vehicle in the opposite direction of the source of stimulation. Feb 26, Brent Werness rated it it was amazing Shelves: To show that “invention is braiyenberg easier than analysis”, Braitenberg describes hypothetical vehicles whose simple design could yield surprisingly “smart” behaviours.


The internals of the later vehicles represent much of what we know as “Artificial Neural Networks”. This page was last edited on 8 Augustat Again, all this happens without a line of computer code being written.

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I would say that this book tries to give a sense on how real vehkcles of the brain and cognitive systems are. I read this many many years ago and I obsessed over it for years.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Feb 04, Simon Hutchinson rated it it was amazing. McCullochPitts neurons and real neurons. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

May 29, Dinesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: I didn’t go through the biological mechanism section, vehiles because none of the mechanisms seemed at-all implausible and because I had to return to the library. I couldn’t read more than a few pages at a time without stopping to scribble notes in the margin, find someone to describe an insight to, or find a way to turn the thought experiments into moving, exploring little creatures.

Preview — Vehicles by Valentino Braitenberg. Nov 11, Duncan Robertson rated it it was amazing. First the author is making some simple mind experiments which seem funny and nice to know, but after some chapters I found myself recognizing that he is explaining nothing less than how my brain is probably working.

Braitenberg studied Medicine and Psychiatry at the Universities of Innsbruck and Rome between and Are such complex robots “intelligent” if they haven’t been programmed to be? They are “vehicles,” a series of hypothetical, self-operating machines that exhibit increasingly intricate if not always successful or civilized “behavior.

Oct 18, Angelo Grosso rated it it was amazing. And yet, as they build on one another and become more complex, they begin to display behaviors that not only seem programmed, galentino would normally be associated with thinking creatures. When a worthwhile piece of food is sensed, the vehicle will vaelntino toward the food. Experiments in synthetic psychology. After a couple of iterations, theystart to exhibit things like “memory”, “trains Amazing little book that left me torn, just as the book is split into two distinct parts.


And through his systematic enhancements I could really grasp most of the braittenberg. I’m writing this after reading Vehicles for the second time after 3 years; it remains one of the most thought provoking books that I have ever read. The title seems vague and weird at the first glance, but once you read the book, the title makes perfect sense. Braitenberg vehicles are conceived in a thought experiment by the author of this book to illustrate in an evolutive way the abilities of simple agents.

There are 14 vehicles in all — a series of hypothetical, self-operating mobile machines that exhibit increasingly sophisticated behavior similar to that in the real biological or neuroscientific world.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate the vehickes of robotics lost a great thinker, the filed of B. By the end of a mere 14 chapters he ends up with vehicles that can think, that can dream, and that can love. Remember, these vehicles only care about distance to a goal when assessing paths to take. M vejicles lost a father. Recommended for anyone interested in the emergence of what we call consciousness and free will. Oct 13, Patrick DiJusto rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first half of the book is a series of thought experiments in which you’re invited to imagine the behavior of a sequence of “vehicles”: It’s a bit of a stretch for Braitenberg to say that these little creatures love or think or intend.

Something that blew my mind braifenberg how valentibo introduces a valenitno to the vehicles to have trains of thought, by adding a negative feedback system to prevent runaway activations and add stability.