Creation: Life and How to Make It

Creation Life and How to Make It Working mostly alone almost single handedly writing lines of computer code Steve Grand produced Creatures R a revolutionary computer game that allowed players to create living beings compl

  • Title: Creation: Life and How to Make It
  • Author: Steve Grand
  • ISBN: 9780674011137
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback
  • Working mostly alone, almost single handedly writing 250,000 lines of computer code, Steve Grand produced Creatures R , a revolutionary computer game that allowed players to create living beings complete with brains, genes, and hormonal systems creatures that would live and breathe and breed in real time on an ordinary desktop computer Enormously successful, the game ineWorking mostly alone, almost single handedly writing 250,000 lines of computer code, Steve Grand produced Creatures R , a revolutionary computer game that allowed players to create living beings complete with brains, genes, and hormonal systems creatures that would live and breathe and breed in real time on an ordinary desktop computer Enormously successful, the game inevitably raises the question What is artificial life And in this book a chance for the devoted fan and the simply curious onlooker to see the world from the perspective of an original philosopher engineer and intellectual maverick Steve Grand proposes an answer.From the composition of the brains and bodies of artificial life forms to the philosophical guidelines and computational frameworks that define them, Creation plumbs the practical, social, and ethical aspects and implications of the state of the art But than that, the book gives readers access to the insights Grand acquired in writing Creatures insights that yield a view of the world that is surprisingly antireductionist, antimaterialist, and to a degree antimechanistic, a view that sees matter, life, mind, and society as simply different levels of the same thing Such a hierarchy, Grand suggests, can be mirrored by an equivalent one that exists inside a parallel universe called cyberspace.

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    1. (Editorial note: When doing a bit of googling research on Mr. Grand for this review, it came to my attention that he lists his occupation as "Digital God" on his Cyberlife Research Profile page. While this hubris is initially prickly, it's, well, it's not far off kids.)Back in the day when I was a young sprout, instead of a green branch, I found a game called Creatures which was OMG available for the mac. My sister and I scrimped and saved, and together with a donation from my mother (in money a [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

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