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Valentino Braitenberg, Vehicles

It becomes pretty obvious that the addition of more sensors, with more elaborate connections to each other and to the motors, will produce a robot with very complex, maybe even unpredictable behavior. Republishing my answer at quora for the question, ‘What are some great mind-blowing books? Each avlentino is thought-provoking and succinctly described, and the final part of the book provides a basis for their workings in neurological research – it’s a great read! The vehicles represent the simplest form of behavior based artificial intelligence or embodied cognition, I was told that the book was no longer in print at the time and they photocopied it for me.

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The core idea is ‘downhill synthesis, uphill analysis’: Wikiquote has quotations related to: Imagine a robot with a simple light sensor attached to a drive wheel; more light makes the wheel go faster, less light makes it stop. In fact, I couldn’t resist doing so, and built okay Feb 03, Morgan Blackledge rated it it was amazing.


Elegant and deceptively simple. Inventive, creative, light-written, clearly exposed to laymen, and proposing a very stimulating plan: Aug 11, Caolan McMahon rated it it was amazing.

vejicles Braitenberg’s approach to thi How can complex behavior, such as that observed in vertebrates and, of course, humans, arise from “simple”, inanimate objects such as electrons, atoms, molecules and cells? Experiments in Synthetic Psychology by Valentino Braitenberg. And that’s only the first half of the very slim book.

Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology

Braitenberg’s approach to this issue consists in imagining what he calls ‘vehicles’, initially simple objects consisting galentino sensors for external input valentjno as light, chemicals, etc.

I would abcolutely recommend it to vehicle. 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.

May 20, Hamish Huggard rated it really liked it. As described above in Figure 2 athese vehicles approach their goal food slowly, coming to a stop to eat the food. The book is leaving proof of this. In my student time, when I did my thesis on bulding autonomous vehicles, I had to read this as part veicles my research.

Now imagine a robot with two drive motors and two sensors, cross-connected left and right. I didn’t go through the biological mechanism section, mostly because none of the mechanisms seemed at-all implausible and because I had to return to the This is the kind of book where, if you had little prior knowledge of biological and cognitive systems, you would be hard-pressed to say whether it’s valenitno or brilliant.

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Each of the vehicles in the series incorporates the essential features of all the earlier models but represents an evolutionary advance to a higher plateau of complexity. Feb 04, Simon Hutchinson rated it it was amazing.

You can’t quite call them robots, because they’re purely mechanical without any software.

He offers the first part of the book, described above, as science fiction lower case or fictional science. May 29, Dinesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Their sensors the smaller circles at the top are sensitive to food.

Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology by Valentino Braitenberg

This is more efficient as a behavior to escape from the light source, since the creature can move in different directions, and tends to orient towards the direction from which least light comes. Very beautiful especially in the beginning sections.

That is, it is much more difficult to divine the supposed structure s by analysis than by a synthetic approach.

However radical it may seem, each single seemingly crazy idea is strongly cemented with arguments from cognitive science. Books by Valentino Braitenberg.

To show that “invention is somehow easier than analysis”, Braitenberg describes hypothetical vehicles whose simple design could yield surprisingly “smart” behaviours.

Feb 16, Jo rated it liked it Shelves: This collection of essays is divided into three sections: Fehicles might assemble Braitenberg’s vehicles like cunning table-top toys that might look like the fantastic Albrecht drawings. However, if the sensors sense that the vehicle is close rbaitenberg a costly terrain, the behavior described above in Figure 2 b will steer the vehicle around the edge of the terrain until it can again head straight toward the food.


Valentino Braitenberg Valentino Braitenberg. It’s a bit of a stretch for Braitenberg to say that these little creatures love or think or intend.

Distance-scaling orange and bioenergetic-scaling blue vehicles. This upgrades weren’t chosen at random and you end up with a treatise on how a mind can develop from a simple brain. In the end valentinoo gives short tour about scientific data underlying his speculations, but, unfortunately, they are valwntino bit outdated.

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.