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The Garden in the Machine

by Claus Emmeche

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What is life? Is it just the biologically familiar--birds, trees, snails, people--or is it an infinitely complex set of patterns that a computer could simulate? What role does intelligence play in separating the organic from the inorganic, the living from the inert? Does life evolve along a predestined path, or does it suddenly emerge from what appeared lifeless and programmatic? In this easily accessible and wide-ranging survey, Claus Emmeche outlines many of the challenges and controversies involved in the dynamic and curious science of artificial life. Emmeche describes the work being done by an international network of biologists, computer scientists, and physicists who are using computers to study life as it could be, or as it might evolve under conditions different from those on earth. Many artificial-life researchers believe that they can create new life in the computer by simulating the processes observed in traditional, biological life-forms. The flight of a flock of birds, for example, can be reproduced faithfully and in all its complexity by a relatively simple computer program that is designed to generate electronic "boids." Are these "boids" then alive? The central problem, Emmeche notes, lies in defining the salient differences between biological life and computer simulations of its processes. And yet, if we can breathe life into a computer, what might this mean for our other assumptions about what it means to be alive? The Garden in the Machine touches on every aspect of this complex and rapidly developing discipline, including its connections to artificial intelligence, chaos theory, computational theory, and studies of emergence. Drawing on the most current work in the field, this book is a major overview of artificial life. Professionals and nonscientists alike will find it an invaluable guide to concepts and technologies that may forever change our definition of life.… (more)
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Indeholder "Forord", "Livets lethed", "- Et spillevende eksempel", "- Selvorganisering - darwinismens blinde plet", "- Mellem mystik og banalitet: Fraktal viden", "- I begyndelsen var n bit", "- Los Alamos-konferencen for A-liv", "- Det kunstige livs syv bud", "Det bevæger sig", "- Organismens form og organisation", "- En historisk cocktail", "- Andre biologier - exobiologi", "- Definér dit liv", "- Metaforisk udslip", "- Er de virk'li levende?", "Selvproduktionens logik", "- Del eller dø!", "- Livets logik - og maskinens", "- Von Neumanns automater", "- Ud med badevandet?", "- Med livet på spil", "Leve, vokse og blomstre", "- Planters algoritmiske skønhed", "- Formdannelsens gåde", "- Mønstermaskiner og modeller", "- Fugle i flok, kunstig adfærd", "- Kunstig evolution", "- Venus' kunstige kemi", "- Genetiske netværk", "Beregningens økologi", "- Robotter og animater", "- A-Liv som protoform for A-Intelligens", "- Genetiske algoritmer", "- Biochips", "- En beregning, tak!", "- Liv og beregning på kanten af kaos", "- Semiotiske spørgsmål", "- Et on/off-univers", "En slimet sag", "- Gør det livet grønnere?", "- Kræv døden tilbage", "- Kunstig forskning", "- Neo-behaviorisme?", "- I betragterens øje", "- Emergensens mange former", "- På kant med reglerne", "Det simulerer", "- En postmoderne videnskab?", "- Dekonstruktion af biologiens genstand", "Noter/Indeks".

Langton automat, von Neumann automat, Conways life, sværmopførsel, fugleflokke.
Ganske nydelig fremstilling af kunstigt liv. God appetitvækker ( )
  bnielsen | Nov 25, 2008 |
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What is life? Is it just the biologically familiar--birds, trees, snails, people--or is it an infinitely complex set of patterns that a computer could simulate? What role does intelligence play in separating the organic from the inorganic, the living from the inert? Does life evolve along a predestined path, or does it suddenly emerge from what appeared lifeless and programmatic? In this easily accessible and wide-ranging survey, Claus Emmeche outlines many of the challenges and controversies involved in the dynamic and curious science of artificial life. Emmeche describes the work being done by an international network of biologists, computer scientists, and physicists who are using computers to study life as it could be, or as it might evolve under conditions different from those on earth. Many artificial-life researchers believe that they can create new life in the computer by simulating the processes observed in traditional, biological life-forms. The flight of a flock of birds, for example, can be reproduced faithfully and in all its complexity by a relatively simple computer program that is designed to generate electronic "boids." Are these "boids" then alive? The central problem, Emmeche notes, lies in defining the salient differences between biological life and computer simulations of its processes. And yet, if we can breathe life into a computer, what might this mean for our other assumptions about what it means to be alive? The Garden in the Machine touches on every aspect of this complex and rapidly developing discipline, including its connections to artificial intelligence, chaos theory, computational theory, and studies of emergence. Drawing on the most current work in the field, this book is a major overview of artificial life. Professionals and nonscientists alike will find it an invaluable guide to concepts and technologies that may forever change our definition of life.

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