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Portrait of Arnas Volcokas“I can never get over the joy of discovery. When I was little I spend a lot of time watching Discovery channel and reading colourful encyclopaedias. I think this had a huge impact on me since, as far as I can remember, I always wanted to be a scientist-inventor-explorer (for a four year old me these occupations were identical).”
- Arnas Volcokas, Physics

If you want to find out more about life-like machines, Arnas recommends:

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

A science thriller where robots rule the earth but must follow strict laws that allow humans to take back some control. 

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

A science fiction novel that follows a space crew on a mission to Saturn, whose ship is maintained by an artificially intelligent super computer. What could go wrong?

Neural Networks and Deep Learning by Michael Nielsen

This free online book explains the core ideas behind artificial neural networks. These are computer systems designed in a similar way to the human brain and nervous system. 

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