Want to know all about blood wetted devices and biomaterials? Edward Leonard is your man. Buy yourself an expert at Biospace.com. This kind of expertise on demand (consulting for dummies) strikes me as one of the boons of the Internet age.
Artificial intelligence in games Gamasutra. I’m fascinated by how games are on the leading edge of a lot of interesting stuff in computing, from user interface innovations to virtual reality to artificial intelligence. For instance, the cloying cutesy game Creatures doesn’t interest me much as a game, but it does interest me as a massive experiment in genetic programming. The company takes its genetic programming very seriously and is purposefully expanding the state of the art while making a best-selling game.
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