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Searching Without Objectives
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| by Kenneth Stanley on Feb 24, 2011 |

Kenneth O. Stanley considers that innovation is stifled when we are strictly following a high goal, and we would progress more when we are inclined to discovery rather than following an objective.

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Kenneth O. Stanley is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. His Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an inventor of the Neuroevolution of Augmenting Topologies (NEAT) and HyperNEAT algorithms for evolving complex artificial neural networks.

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