How self-driving cars learn to take curves, how pitchers learn to throw one

It has become a pleasurable challenge to sit opposite Jonathan Flombaum in the Sun’s podcast studio and listen to him think out loud. An assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University, Flombaum is associated with the Visual Thinking Lab at Homewood. He’s focused on big questions about the brain that seem more philosophical than scientific: What we already know about how it works and, more importantly, what we don’t know, and why so much of the brain’s process is a mystery to us. We get into this matter in Wednesday’s Roughly Speaking with a discussion about algorithms and curveballs: You can’t learn to throw one from descriptions and diagrams in a book. Why is that? “I’ve been thinking about algorithms and machine learning lately…


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