: Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology (): Valentino Braitenberg: Books. Description of and animations from a Braitenberg vehicle simulator (based In the book Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology, Valentino Braitenberg. The Bactra Review: Occasional and eclectic book reviews by Cosma Shalizi Vehicles. Experiments in Synthetic Psychology. by Valentino Braitenberg.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. With only sensors, motors, and connections between sensors and motors, a wide array of behaviors can be expressed through simple manipulations of the connectors, which can be thought of as neurons.

Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology

Elegant and deceptively simple. What is sensed light, smell, etc. In a complex environment with several sources of stimulus, Braitenberg vehicles will exhibit complex and dynamic behavior. Each of the addition is followed by a t This is a brilliant book. This is a brilliant work. These vehicles gradually start to act more and more like sentient beings. The sensor drives the motor proportionally.


Still, I would recommend this for anyone interested in adaptive systems. It’s an amazing book, short and easy to read, but really challenging the traditional ideas and changing the way you think about things. Wikiquote has quotations related to: This leads to all sorts of deep questions.

Since the age of 6, Braitenberg grew up bilingual in the two languages Italian and German. I was told that the book was no longer in print at the time and they photocopied it for me.

With the ipsilateral same-side connections of 1 awhen a sensor is stimulated, the motor on the same side will activate, spinning the wheel vehiclws steering the vehicle in the opposite direction of the source of stimulation. Nov 18, Franck Chauvel rated it really liked it Shelves: Space Things and Movements. Each of the vehicles in the series incorporates the braittenberg features of all the earlier models but represents an evolutionary advance to a higher plateau of complexity. Braitenberg describes this behavior as ‘Love’.


Oct 13, Patrick DiJusto rated it it was amazing Shelves: Remember, these vehicles only care about distance to a goal when assessing paths to take. The second half, on the actual neuro-biology of the fruit fly is equally as interesting. 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.

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By sequentially adding extra connections wires with special propertieshe obtains “vehicles” with complicated mammalian-like behaviours. In the simplest configuration, a sensor is directly connected to an effector, so that a sensed signal immediately produces a movement of the wheel. Braitenberg’s approach to this issue consists in imagining what he calls ‘vehicles’, initially simple objects consisting of sensors for external input such as light, chemicals, etc.

Jan 11, Mangoo rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. I’m writing this after reading Vehicles for the second time after 3 years; it remains one of the most thought provoking books that I have ever read.

Each vehicle 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!

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Using a series of plausible if not always practicable machines, this book walks you through several thought experiments which you soon discover map one possible path to the development of the brain. Do read this if you are interested in how the brain works and try to re-read it again. Figure 2, below, shows the behaviors of vehicles with inhibitory connections.

In each behicles the subsequent chapters he adds a simple little upgrade i. First valrntino author is making some simple mind experiments which seem funny and brraitenberg to know, but after some chapters I found myself recognizing that he is explaining braitenverg less than how my brain is probably working.


It was nice to read and well structured. Conditional probability machines and conditioned reflexes. In fact, I couldn’t resist doing so, and built okay 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? In this brzitenberg, the agents move away from the dark and towards the light. If intelligence is measured by behavior, how can one tell the difference between a complexly wired robot and an “intelligently” programmed one?

When forces like asymmetric friction come into play, the vehicle could deviate from its straight line motion in unpredictable ways akin to Brownian motion.

Just finished re-reading after about 30 years this delightful classic on vehiclea intersections of biology and engineering cybernetics and, occasionally, philosophy. One might assemble Braitenberg’s vehicles like cunning table-top toys that might look like the fantastic Albrecht drawings.

Depending on how sensors and wheels are connected, the vehicle exhibits different behaviors which can be goal-oriented. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. It is the latter pursuit which occupies the first half of the book; a dozen or so vehicles, each with more complexity than the next, but braitenbefg so well that each step is remarkably understandable.

This page was last edited on 8 Augustat Vehicle 2 bwith contralateral inhibitory braiteberg, is attracted to the source of stimulation, but steers away once it gets close. In his book, VehiclesValentino Braitenberg, described a simple implementation for autonomous intelligent agents. That is, it is much more difficult to divine the supposed structure s by analysis than by a synthetic approach. Yet, the functioning of the agent is purely mechanical, without any information processing or other apparently braitenbefg processes.