Claude Shannon & Theseus the Artificial Mouse, Dawn of Machine Learning
October 10, 2014
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I found this great video featuring Claude Shannon, and his artificial mouse Theseus, named for the Greek hero who slayed the Minotaur in the Labyrinth, one of the earliest examples of machine learning.
The mouse is able to learn how to solve the maze. Apparently, Shannon started getting involved down this track of making small robot like devices after his wife bought him a giant erector set as a present.