May 27, 2009

Evolving AI: Review of "The Allure of Machinic Life"

The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI
In this book Jon Johnston has been able to break down complex ideas from scientific publications to a readable version. Jon examines new types of nascent/undeveloped life that come about as a result of technical interactions within human-constructed environments. He starts off by showing how machines came about, how they operate and how they are evolving.

Using these facts as the starting point for his theories on "computational assemblage" and how current research programs on evolution of digital organisms, evolving ai, computer immune systems, artificial protocells, evolutionary robotics, and swarm systems he shows Strong AI will be the result of progress in our understanding of how the human brain actually works.

I think the most unique ideas of the book are on how Artifical intelligence and Artifical life converge as well as his take on humanistic theory. It has a very comprehensive area on the history of cybernetics and its most notable proponents.

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