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Welcome to the machine!

Where cognition meets computer.

Cognition is “the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses” (source: Oxford Dictionaries).

A machine is “a tool containing one or more parts that uses energy to perform an intended action. Machines are usually powered by chemical, thermal, or electrical means, and are often motorized. Historically, a power tool also required moving parts to classify as a machine. However, the advent of electronics has led to the development of power tools without moving parts that are considered machines.” (source: Wikipedia)

Machine cognition is cognition performed by a computer. It can be achieved by implementing concepts borrowed from machine learning and evolutionary biology.

Isaac is a toolkit combining novel neural networks, non-linear optimization algorithms, and other machine learning methods to achieve simple cognition tasks.

As an example, a very lightweight configuration of Isaac animates this curious spider (see video, commentary track included):