If Computers Thought Like Fruit Flies, They Could Do MoreBut even with more sophisticated buzz, there remain "non-computable" things that a computer cannot be programmed to think
Recently, researchers discovered that fruit flies use a filter similar to a computer algorithm to assess the odors that help them find fruit, only the flies’ tools are more sophisticated: When a fly smells an odor, the fly needs to quickly figure out if it has smelled the odor before, to determine if the odor is new and something it should pay attention to,” says Saket Navlakha, an assistant professor in Salk’s Integrative Biology Laboratory. “In computer science, this is an important task called novelty detection. Computers use a Bloom filter for that, Navlakha, an integrative biologist, explains: When a search engine such as Google crawls the Web, it needs to know whether a website it comes across has previously Read More ›
How is Human Language Different from Animal Signals?What do we need from language that we cannot get from signals alone?
That Plant Is Not a CyborgOr a robot. The MIT researcher's underlying idea is a good one but let’s not “plant” mistaken ideas
Stephen Hawking and the AI ApocalypseCan doomsday headlines, chasing fame, stand in for deep knowledge of a subject?
Dogs Are Not as Intelligent as Seals?That doesn't sound right to you? Putting aside the hoopla around IQ tests for furries and flipperies, there is a serious science question about what “intelligence” really is
Can Plants Be as Smart as Animals?Seeking to thrive and grow, plants communicate extensively, without a mind or a brain
None of the plants' extensive "social life" requires reason, emotion, value systems, mind, consciousness, or a sense of self. It requires only that the plant, like an animal, seek to continue its highly organized existence. But plants' ability to process information for that purpose gives pause for thought.Read More ›