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Encyclopedia > Valentin Braitenberg

Valentin Braitenberg is a cyberneticist and former director at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany. He is most famous for the book 'Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology' in which he describes how hypothetical 'vehicles', a combination of sensors, actuators and their interconnections, whilst being simple in design could produce behaviours that could be likened to aggression, love, foresight and even optimism. Cybernetics is a theory of the communication and control of regulatory feedback. ... Max Planck This article is about Planck, the German physicist. ... Biological Cybernetics investigates communication and control processes in living organisms and ecosystems. ... Tübingen, Neckar front Tübingen, an old university city of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, is situated 20 miles southwest of Stuttgart, on a ridge between the River Neckar and the Ammer. ... A sensor is a technological device or biological organ that detects, or senses, a signal or physical condition. ... An actuator is the mechanism by which an agent acts upon an environment. ... Aggression is defined as The act of initiating hostilities or invasion. ... A heart, a symbol of love Love has many meanings in English, from something that gives a little pleasure (I loved that food) to something one would die for (patriotism, pairbonding). ... This man in Rhumsiki, Cameroon, tells the future by interpreting the changes in position of various objects as caused by a fresh-water crab. ... The opposite of pessimism, optimism is a lifeview where one looks upon the world as a positive place. ...

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Valentin Braitenberg - Wikipedia (105 words)
Valentin Braitenberg (* 1926 in Bozen) ist Hirnforscher, Kybernetiker und Schriftsteller.
Von 1968 bis 1994 war Braitenberg Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik in Tübingen.
In der Roboterszene ist Braitenberg durch sein Buch Vehikel bekannt geworden.
Encyclopedia: Biological cybernetics (1015 words)
Valentin Braitenberg is a cyberneticist and former director at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany.
William Ross Ashby, Claude Bernard, Valentin Braitenberg, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Joseph J. DiStefano III, Heinz von Foerster, Jay Forrester, Ernst von Glasersfeld, Francis Heylighen, Erich von Holst, Stuart Kauffman, Niklas Luhmann, Warren McCulloch, Humberto Maturana, Horst Mittelstaedt, Talcott Parsons, Walter Pitts, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, Robert Trappl, Valentin Turchin, Francisco Varela, Frederic Vester, Norbert Wiener
Valentin Turchin is a cybernetician and computer scientist, who first developed the programming language REFAL, the theory of metasystem transitions and the notion of supercompilation.
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