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Publisher Comments:

Meet Blondie. She's a 24-year old graduate student in mathematics at the University of California at San Diego. She skis and surfs, and is an ace at math. But her real claim to fame is her amazing ability to play checkers. She's really good--not good enough to defeat a grand master, but she did earn a spot in the top 500 of an international checkers tournament. Considering that she taught herself how to play without reading books, taking classes, or getting tips from experienced players--that's impressive. And considering that Blondie is only a computer program, and the rest of her persona is just a product my imagination, you might say that's really impressive!

--from the Introduction


Blondie24 tells the story of a computer that taught itself to play checkers far better than its creators ever could by using a program that emulated the basic principles of Darwinian evolution--random variation and natural selection-- to discover on its own how to excel at the game.

Unlike Deep Blue, the celebrated chess machine that beat Garry Kasparov, the former world champion chess player, this evolutionary program didn't have access to strategies employed by human grand masters, or to databases of moves for the endgame moves, or to other human expertise about the game of chekers. With only the most rudimentary information programmed into its "brain," Blondie24 (the program's Internet username) created its own means of evaluating the complex, changing patterns of pieces that make up a checkers game by evolving artificial neural networks---mathematical models that loosely describe how a brain works.

It's fitting that Blondie24 should appear in 2001, the year when we remember Arthur C. Clarke's prediction that one day we would succeed in creating a thinking machine. In this compelling narrative, David Fogel, author and co-creator of Blondie24, describes in convincing detail how evolutionary computation may help to bring us closer to Clarke's vision of HAL. Along the way, he gives readers an inside look into the fascinating history of AI and poses provocative questions about its future.

Features

  • Brings one of the most exciting areas of AI research to life by following the story of Blondie24's development in the lab through her evolution into an expert-rated checkers player, based on her impressive success in Internet competition.

  • Explains the foundations of evolutionary computation, simply and clearly.

  • Presents complex material in an engaging style for readers with no background in computer science or artificial intelligence.

  • Examines foundational issues surrounding the creation of a thinking machine.

  • Debates whether the famous Turing Test really tests for intelligence.

  • Challenges deeply entrenched myths about the successes and implication of some well-known AI experiments

  • Shows Blondie's moves with checkerboard diagrams that readers can easily follow.

Book News Annotation:

This book explains how a computer, by replicating the processes of Darwinian evolution, taught itself to play checkers far better than its creators could have programmed it to play. Fogel (editor, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation) considers the implications for evolutionary computations and artificial intelligence. Diagrams illustrate the evolutionary and computational processes at work, and the course of various games of checkers.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

through her evolution into an expert-rated checkers player, based on her impressive success in Internet competition.

  • Explains the foundations of evolutionary computation, simply and clearly.

  • Presents complex material in an engaging style for readers with no background in computer science or artificial intelligence.

  • Examines foundational issues surrounding the creation of a thinking machine.

  • Debates whether the famous Turing Test really tests for intelligence.

  • Challenges deeply entrenched myths about the successes and implication of some well-known AI experiments

  • Shows Blondie's moves with checkerboard diagrams that readers can easily follow.

  • Synopsis:

    o Clarke's vision of HAL. Along the way, he gives readers an inside look into the fascinating history of AI and poses provocative questions about its future.

    Features

    • Brings one of the most exciting areas of AI research to life by following the story of Blondie24's development in the lab through her evolution into an expert-rated checkers player, based on her impressive success in Internet competition.

    • Explains the foundations of evolutionary computation, simply and clearly.

    • Presents complex material in an engaging style for readers with no background in computer science or artificial intelligence.

    • Examines foundational issues surrounding the creation of a thinking machine.

    • Debates whether the famous Turing Test really tests for intelligence.

    • Challenges deeply entrenched myths about the successes and implication of some well-known AI experiments

    • Shows Blondie's moves with checkerboard diagrams that readers can easily follow.

    About the Author

    David B. Fogel is the CEO of Natural Selection, Inc., a company which addresses complex, real-world problems in the areas of industry, medicine, and defense by applying the techniques of evolutionary computation, neural networks, fuzzy systems, knowledge-based systems, and stochastic processes, among other technologies. Dr. Fogel was the founding president of the Evolutionary Programming Society and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1999. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and serves on the editorial boards of several journals including BioSystems, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, and Journal of Scheduling.

    Natural Selection, Inc.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1 - Setting the Stage

    Chapter 1 - Intelligent Machines: Imitating Life

    Chapter 2 - Deep Blue: A Triumph of AI?

    Chapter 3 - Building An Artificial Brain

    Chapter 4 - Evolutionary Computation: Putting Nature to Work

    Chapter 5 - Blue Hawaii: Natural Selection

    Chapter 6 - Checkers

    Chapter 7 - Chinook: The Man-machine Checkers Champion

    Chapter 8 - Samuel's Learning Machine

    Chapter 9 - The Samuel-Newell Challenge

    Part 2 - The Making of Blondie

    Chapter 10 - Evolving in the Checkers Environment

    Chapter 11 - In The Zone

    Chapter 12 - A Repeat Performance

    Chapter 13 - A New Dimension

    Chapter 14 - Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle

    Chapter 15 - Blondie24

    Epilogue: The Future of Artificial Intelligence

    Appendix: Your Honor, I Object!

    Notes

    Index

    About the Author

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9781558607835
    Author:
    Fogel, David B.
    Publisher:
    Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
    Author:
    Fogel, David
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA USA
    Subject:
    General
    Subject:
    Artificial Intelligence
    Subject:
    Machine learning
    Subject:
    Computer checkers
    Subject:
    Evolutionary computation.
    Subject:
    Artificial Intelligence - General
    Subject:
    Intelligence (AI) & Semantics
    Subject:
    Computers-Reference - General
    Edition Description:
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    Series:
    The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Artificial Intelligence
    Series Volume:
    231/30
    Publication Date:
    20011031
    Binding:
    TRADE PAPER
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Yes
    Pages:
    406
    Dimensions:
    7 x 5.5 in.

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    Product details 406 pages Morgan Kaufmann Publishers - English 9781558607835 Reviews:
    "Synopsis" by , through her evolution into an expert-rated checkers player, based on her impressive success in Internet competition.

  • Explains the foundations of evolutionary computation, simply and clearly.

  • Presents complex material in an engaging style for readers with no background in computer science or artificial intelligence.

  • Examines foundational issues surrounding the creation of a thinking machine.

  • Debates whether the famous Turing Test really tests for intelligence.

  • Challenges deeply entrenched myths about the successes and implication of some well-known AI experiments

  • Shows Blondie's moves with checkerboard diagrams that readers can easily follow.

  • "Synopsis" by , o Clarke's vision of HAL. Along the way, he gives readers an inside look into the fascinating history of AI and poses provocative questions about its future.

    Features

    • Brings one of the most exciting areas of AI research to life by following the story of Blondie24's development in the lab through her evolution into an expert-rated checkers player, based on her impressive success in Internet competition.

    • Explains the foundations of evolutionary computation, simply and clearly.

    • Presents complex material in an engaging style for readers with no background in computer science or artificial intelligence.

    • Examines foundational issues surrounding the creation of a thinking machine.

    • Debates whether the famous Turing Test really tests for intelligence.

    • Challenges deeply entrenched myths about the successes and implication of some well-known AI experiments

    • Shows Blondie's moves with checkerboard diagrams that readers can easily follow.

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