Robotics Book: The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI (Bradford Books)

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Book title: The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI (Bradford Books)

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  • ISBN13: 9780262515023
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In The Allure of Machinic Life, John Johnston examines new forms of nascent life that emerge through technical interactions within human-constructed environments—”machinic life”—in the sciences of cybernetics, artificial life, and artificial intelligence. With the development of such research initiatives as the evolution of digital organisms, computer immune systems, artificial protocells, evolutionary robotics, and swarm systems, Johnston argues, machinic life has achieved a complexity and

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  1. 10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    the allure of information science, April 8, 2009
    By 
    Ben Miller (Cambridge, MA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    It feels a little wrong to call this a damn fun read, but I’m an ex-EECS geek and love when people write really good histories of (information) science. The intro and first chapter should be required reading for any course on organized and self-organized information systems. They really nicely frame the development and arguments of cybernetics around its key people (Shannon, Ashby, Walter, von Foerster), key concepts (complexity, automata, logical machines, information), and best of all, key objects (Walter’s homeostat, von Foerster’s Tortoises). It’s just a clear, impressive delivery of a broadening field.

    _Allure_ offers some real gems, like when it demonstrates convergences of AI/AL, and humanistic theory. I’d never expected the frightening similarity between Lacan’s drawings of psychic processes, and Hopcroft’s state/transition diagrams of finite automata, but I love how similarities like that become building blocks for the book’s really clear expositions of later AI/AL experiments. The rest of the book feels like it’s drawing together all the contemporary events in AI/AL so that it can explain why those developments are important, how they came about, and how they change the way we understand basic ideas like ecology, evolution, the mind. Like I said, damn fun.

    Would have been nice to have a collected work cited page, for easy reference.

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