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Creation: Life And How To Make It

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Provides an authoritative and comprehensive tour of the frontiers of artificial life. Surveys what has been achieved so far and looks at future possibilities for generating autonomous, intelligent, even conscious, living things.
230 pages
Published 2000 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Dec 11, 2008 Liv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bricoleur  (David) Soul
Witty and provocative this is a great guide for a general audience - a kind of 'Zen Guide' to artificial life that is based not on the debunking or debasing of life but rather in its elevation to its proper place.

Grand is perhaps most widely known as the creator of "Creatures" the first computer game (circa 1997) based on the concept of artificial life but he is also a researcher in the field. In this book he lightly touches on the game but mainly he gives us a great tour of the main concepts of
Nov 28, 2009 Srinivas marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Through Richard Dawkins from his TED talk:
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May 29, 2014 Felix Liao marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 26, 2007 Jlawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author, who created the PC game Creatures, offers an intriguing view on what constitutues life and how one can simulate artificial entities in software. He concentrates on 'bottom-up' and 'emergent' design -- creating simple but dynamic systems from which more complicated and unplanned-for behavior can emerge -- as opposed to a 'top-down' approach that attempts to pre-program such behavior.

I cannot agree with some of the philosophical jumps he makes (I say his method creates models that simu
May 03, 2014 Tris rated it really liked it
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First and foremost this was an interesting and insightful read and lived up to my expectations.

It did disappoint me a little towards the end of the middle third of the book, when Steve decided to skip some of the detail and started to write in much more general way about some of the topics.

On a more personal level Steve touched on a number of topics that are very dear to my heart with this book, especially in his summary at the end and for that I would like to say thanks.
Robert Wilson
Aug 02, 2015 Robert Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. One of the most insightful books you'll find on the relationship between human thought and artificial intelligence. A fantastic work that will teach you new things page after page.
Mar 15, 2016 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started of interesting and philosophical.

In particular, I got captivated by the discussion of cellular automata, persistence and emergent behavior.

As the book went on, it lost its edge.
Mike Benner
Aug 23, 2013 Mike Benner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book on an unique way to create artificial life in a computer environment.
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