Computing a football season

During winter break, Randy Olson visualized the evolution of Michigan State University’s football program using word clouds. The bigger the word is in the visualization, the more it was brought up in conversation. The visualization of months of conversation surrounding MSU’s football program tells its own story. Word cloud of conversations about MSU football in […]

Intelligence With Representations

Rodney Brooks‘s paper “Intelligence without Representations” was published in 1991. More than 5000 citations speak for the impact this paper still has on robotics and the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). I highly recommend reading that paper, since our recently published: “The Evolution of Representation in Simple Cognitive Networks” is a (somewhat belated) “direct” response […]

Book Review: Boldly Going Beyond Mathematics

Just before Christmas, Chris Adami has published a book review for John Holland’s new book, “Signals and Boundaries: Building Blocks for Complex Adaptive Systems,” in Science magazine. In this review, Adami briefly outlines Holland’s pioneering approach to complex adaptive systems, and provides numerous examples of Holland’s approach already in application today. PDF: Journal:

Chris Adami and Arend Hintze’s work on ZD strategies featured in German newspaper Die Zeit

“Die Zeit,” a highly respected German newspaper, featured an article about our latest PNAS submission: The journalist did a stellar job of capturing the dilemma and shed light on the core concepts of our work. In the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma, Zero Determinant (ZD) strategies have the unique ability to set their opponent’s payoff to […]

Paper: “Winning isn’t everything: Evolutionary stability of Zero Determinant strategies”

Zero Determinant (ZD) strategies are a new class of probabilistic and conditional strategies that are able to unilaterally set the expected payoff of an opponent in iterated plays of the Prisoner’s Dilemma irrespective of the opponent’s strategy, or else to set the ratio between a ZD player’s and their opponent’s expected payoff. Here we show […]

Arend Hintze: Scientist For Hire

Dr. Arend Hintze E-mail: CV Well, I am looking for a job – a faculty position to be exact. I am not doing this because I don’t like it here at Chris’ lab. Quite the contrary: if it were up to me, I would be happy to be paid to hang around with Chris […]

Commentary: “Adaptive Walks on the Fitness Landscape of Music”

The evolution of musical abilities in man was an area of intense interest for Charles Darwin: in his book The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex he discussed the emergence of voice and musical powers in terms of sexual selection and made the case that “the vocal organs were primarily used and […]

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