Artificial Intelligence

Sentient Technologies Offers New Demos in Evolutionary Computation and Other AI

My colleague and friend Dr. Risto Miikkulainen of Sentient Technologies, let me know that Sentient now has several new demos in evolutionary computation (and other AI algoriths) available at their website. Risto is a pioneer in combining evolutionary computation with neural networks and I encourage you to have a look at their site. (Mar 14, 2018)

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Color Butler 2018 Launches in the iPhone App Store

Today’s an important day for one of our projects. A little over a year ago, Dr. Bob Penner met with us at Natural Selection, Inc. and asked if we could help with an app that would assist him in figuring out which of his clothes go together. You see, he’s color blind. He can tell you some very funny stories that have resulted from his “color deficiency.” So with machine learning to determine how to label colors, expert rules on how colors go together based on different types of clothing, and an expert app programmer, today the Color Butler 2018 app has launched in the iPhone app store. It’s free so go download the app and check it out. Color blindness affects about 1 in 12 males (you might think higher!) and so it’s likely there’s someone you know who’d benefit from this app.

And, as a little side story, today is the first day that my music is published on the app store, and with me performing. I composed the theme song to the app, called Colors of Life. It plays during the tutorial. (You can turn it off if you like, but I’d rather you turn it up and enjoy it.) The track that is playing has me on all parts, including my dad’s old tenor sax. We do have a nicer recording with Jim Weiss recorded at Peter Sprague’s studio that we’ll be swapping in soon. But for now, you can listen to me… and I hope you do and I hope you enjoy it. We’ll have it on iTunes in the future in case you’d like to have your own copy.

Oh, and you can also watch for more info at

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Advances in AI for Depth Resolution

Researchers at MIT Media Labs have developed a new technique for visual imaging that "increases its depth resolution 1,000-fold" with implications for self-driving cars, with potential to "see" through fog. (Dec. 21, 2017)

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Teaching a Machine to Use Nunchucks

It's not a black belt, or even a brown belt, yet, but still this video of a robot learning to swing a nunchuck is interesting for what it portends. (Sep 25, 2017)

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