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Digital Biology: How Nature Is Transforming Our Technology and Our Lives

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Imagine a future world where computers can create universes -- digital environments made from binary ones and zeros. Imagine that within these universes there exist biological forms that reproduce, grow, and think. Imagine plantlike forms, ant colonies, immune systems, and brains, all adapting, evolving, and getting better at solving problems. Imagine if our computers beca ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 2001)
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Peter
Patronising but fun: I very nearly put this book down after the first few pages - I found the author's style patronising and slow - however, I perservered and after the first few chapters, really started to enjoy the book.
There is some really good information in here - paticularly on the ideas of using the immune system as a model for IT security and intruder detection. However if you are familiar with basic biology and computing, you can skim the first few chapters.

In summary, a good, fun intr

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Peter
A little too much biology and not enough digital: This is a broad reaching book that aims to give the reader a little bit of knowledge about the various ways in which biology is influencing the way in which we can use computers to solve tricky problems. The first few chapters set the scene by describing digital universes and the mechanisms behind evolution. The bulk of the book takes particular biological systems (e.g. brains, insect colonies, immune systems, etc.) explains them to a reasonable ...more
Charles
Dec 17, 2012 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book could have been 50 pages instead of 250. Parts of it were interesting, but the repetition of points and unnecessary rhetorical flourishes kept putting me to sleep. Besides that, it was written backwards; the man's thesis comes at the end of the damn book in a section titled "Answers". This thesis is presented as quite profound, but by the time I got to it, I'd already read the arguments for it, and it seemed obvious. Put it at the beginning of the book, Bentley, then make your supporti ...more
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Dec 20, 2015 Alexi Parizeau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved the intuitive explanations that Peter Bentley used to explain such a vast range of subjects!
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