Risto Miikkulainen on evolutionary computation and making robots think for themselves

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come: Stitcher, TuneIn, iTunes, SoundCloud, RSS In this week’s episode, David Beyer, co-founder and CEO of Chart.io, principal at Amplify Partners, and part of the founding team at Patients Know Best, chats with Risto Miikkulainen, professor of computer science and neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin. They chat about evolutionary computation, its applications in deep learning, and how it’s inspired by biology. Finding optimal solutions We talk about evolutionary computation as a way of solving problems, discovering solutions that are optimal or as good as possible. In these complex domains like, maybe, simulated multi-legged robots that are walking in challenging conditions—a slippery slope or a field with…


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