14.0692 new book, essays

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 692.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (45)
             Subject: [MIT New Book] Stefano Nolfi and Dario Floreano on
                     _Evolutionary Robotics_

       [2] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (30)
             Subject: Lev Manovich and his essays on New Media including his
                     new book

             Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 11:11:45 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: [MIT New Book] Stefano Nolfi and Dario Floreano on
    _Evolutionary Robotics_

    Dear Humanist Scholars,

    I thought readers of this group, might be interested in this book. For
    more information please visit

    Evolutionary Robotics
    The Biology, Intelligence, and Technology of Self-Organizing Machines
    Stefano Nolfi and Dario Floreano

    Evolutionary robotics is a new technique for the automatic creation of
    autonomous robots. Inspired by the Darwinian principle of selective
    reproduction of the fittest, it views robots as autonomous artificial
    organisms that develop their own skills in close interaction with the
    environment and without human intervention. Drawing heavily on biology and
    ethology, it uses the tools of neural networks, genetic algorithms, dynamic
    systems, and biomorphic engineering. The resulting robots share with simple
    biological systems the characteristics of robustness, simplicity, small
    size, flexibility, and modularity.

    In evolutionary robotics, an initial population of artificial chromosomes,
    each encoding the control system of a robot, is randomly created and put
    into the environment. Each robot is then free to act (move, look around,
    manipulate) according to its genetically specified controller while its
    performance on various tasks is automatically evaluated. The fittest robots
    then "reproduce" by swapping parts of their genetic material with small
    random mutations. The process is repeated until the "birth" of a robot that
    satisfies the performance criteria.

    This book describes the basic concepts and methodologies of evolutionary
    robotics and the results achieved so far. An important feature is the clear
    presentation of a set of empirical experiments of increasing complexity.
    Software with a graphic interface, freely available on a Web page, will
    allow the reader to replicate and vary (in simulation and on real robots)
    most of the experiments.

    Stefano Nolfi is Coordinator of the Division of Neural Systems and
    Artificial Life, Institute of Psychology, National Research Council, Rome.
    Dario Floreano is Assistant Professor of Biorobotics and Adaptive Systems,
    Institute of Robotics, Department of Microengineering, Swiss Federal
    Institute of Technology, Lausanne.

    7 x 9, 384 pp., 157 illus., cloth ISBN 0-262-14070-5
    Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series
    A Bradford Book
    Jud Wolfskill 617.253.2079 phone
    Associate Publicist 617.253.1709 fax
    MIT Press wolfskil@mit.edu
    5 Cambridge Center http://mitpress.mit.edu
    Fourth Floor
    Cambridge, MA 02142

             Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 11:18:09 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: Lev Manovich and his essays on New Media including his
    new book

    Dear Humanists,

    Hi -I would like to introduce 'a Russsian artist' and his works in short.
    Lev Manovich is an artist, a theorist and a critic of new media. He is the
    author of _The Language of New Media_ (The MIT Press, 2001).

    Little Movies: Prolegomena for Digital Cinema

    About "Little Movies"

    To Lie and To Act: Potemkin's Villages, Cinema and Telepresence

    Cinema as a Cultural Interface

    The Aesthetics of Virtual Worlds -Lev Manovich 1/2

    The Aesthetics of Virtual Worlds -Lev Manovich 2/2

    The Death of Computer Art -by Lev Manovich

    In the book, _The Language of New Media_ Lev Manovich offers the first
    systematic and rigorous theory of new media. He places new media within
    the histories of visual and media cultures of the last few centuries. He
    discusses new media's reliance on conventions of old media, such as the
    rectangular frame and mobile camera, and shows how new media works create
    the illusion of reality, address the viewer, and represent space. He also
    analyzes categories and forms unique to new media, such as interface and

    For more details, please visit..


    Thank you.
    Arun Tripathi

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