Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Do genes influence how we vote?

Do genes influence how we vote? Professor Peter Loewen thinks it may.  From the University of Toronto magazine, winter 2010:

Genes and Politics

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February 24, 2011 Posted by | genes, politics | , | Leave a comment

Swarms key to AI?

Interesting approach to artificial intelligence based on swarming behaviour. From The Economist, Aug 12th 2010:

Riders on a swarm

Mimicking the behaviour of ants, bees and birds started as a poor man’s version of artificial intelligence. It may, though, be the key to the real thing

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February 24, 2011 Posted by | AI, behaviour | , , | Leave a comment

Being lonely is bad for your health

According to research, being lonely changes gene expression to reduce viral infection defenses and to increase bacterial defenses (inflammation). From The Economist, Feb 24th 2011:

The reason loneliness could be bad for your health

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