1. Medicine at the Margins
    1. Medicine at the Margins
    2. Where the Heart Is
    3. Virtual Worlds, Real Gains
    4. Facts and Legal Fictions
    5. Show, Don't Tell
    6. A Passion for Public Health
  2. Brave New (Media) World
    1. Brave New (Media) World
    2. Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst
    3. Inbox Inundation
    4. TMI Index
    5. The Face-Time Continuum
  3. Building Smarter Machines
    1. Building Smarter Machines
    2. Machines That Can Multitask
    3. The Long Way Home
    4. The Math Behind Vision
    5. Model Aircraft
    6. A Hearing Aid That Listens to the Brain
  4. Make It New: Europe and America Between the Wars
    1. Make It New: Europe and America Between the Wars
    2. The Way We Were (and Weren't)
    3. Qui est in, qui est out?
    4. The New New Typography
    5. Reimagining Imagism
    6. Coincidence, Chiasmus, Connection
  5. The Road to Recovery
    1. The Road to Recovery
    2. The Dark Side of Dieting
    3. No Quick Fix
    4. A Ticking Clock
    5. Tying It All Together

Building Smarter Machines

Technologies that borrow from biology

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Engineers have made impressive strides in creating artificial intelligence systems, autonomous vehicles and robots, and smart electronics. But these systems still lag far behind what living organisms can accomplish. No vehicle can navigate its environment the way a rat can, or fly easily in a crowd like a swarm of bats. No device can learn, remember, or interpret information like a human brain—or even like the brain of a small mammal or insect.

Now, a growing movement at Boston University and beyond is bringing together the disciplines of biology, computer science, and engineering to dramatically advance the state of engineered systems and push the boundaries of what human designs can do. The goal: to learn from biology to make smarter machines.