Spiking Neural Networks in Artificial Creatures

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Asgeir Berland, Machine Learning consultant, and Artificial Intelligence specialist, will be giving a presentation on spiking neural networks in artificial creatures.

Mostly all neural networks in machine learning today are stateless ( i.e. always giving the same output 'y' for an input 'x'). Biological neurons on the other hand show more dynamic integration of input, with their output being similar to a binary on/off switch throughout time.

In this presentation you will learn about the similarities and distinctions between biological and artificial neurons, evolutionary algorithms, and fitness functions. You will also see a live simulation of these methods combined, where creatures evolve to find food in a randomized environment only using a simple spiking neural network to control them. As we will see, the end result of the creature's behavior is strikingly similar to that of small biological animals.

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