October 8th, 2007


Today in news of intelligence...

Takashi Saito and colleagues at Yamaguchi University in Japan have developed a heat pipe that is surgically implanted into the affected region of the brain and then connected to a heat sink on the outside of the skull. This device carries heat away from the affected area, keeping it cool and reducing the chances of severe epileptic fits in future.


I've wanted one of these for quite a while. Except in my case, I want it to be tapped into my aorta so the radiator cools my bloodstream when I exercise. And if they could maybe make the radiators look like a pair of bat wings, sprouting from my back? That'd be super spooky! ;]

(Austrian researchers) created aggressive, defensive, normal and neurotic AI bots in the war strategy game Age of Mythology, drawing on "the big five" emotional dimensions to personality recognised by psychologists. The bots are able to switch between states of pleasure, pain, clarity, and confusion in response to events. The strength of particular emotional changes is related to the overall personality.The neurotic bot was more likely than the others to distort hard facts about resources - like the amount of timber around - and flip between extremes of behaviour. And it was better than the rest.

Each bot took on the game's default AI seven times. Both the aggressive and neurotic bots won all their matches - but the neurotic did it faster. On average by around 25%. There's no indication of whether being top bot boosted the neurotic program's low self-esteem. The researchers say their result suggests a neurotic strategy gives an advantage, and are going on to pit the emotional bots against humans.


Good MMO player implies neurotic personality? That explains a lot...

More Google tech talks.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1518007279479871760 - Focus fusion, an alternative fusion approach to inertial electrostatic confinement and field-reversed configuration. He talks a good game, and this seems much closer to sustainability than the other approaches. I wonder what the catch is.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7654043762021156507 - From NAND gates to Tetris in 12 steps: Building a modern computer from first principles.
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