創造:生命とその作り方<br>Creation : Life and How to Make It

創造:生命とその作り方
Creation : Life and How to Make It

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 230 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780674006546
  • DDC分類 570.113

基本説明

New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2001. "Steve Grand is the creator of what I think is the nearest approach to artificial life so far, and his first book, Creation, is as interesting as you would expect." - Richard Dawkins, The Guardian.

Full Description


Working mostly alone, almost single-handedly writing 250,000 lines of computer code, Steve Grand produced Creatures[registered], a revolutionary computer game that allows players to create living beings complete with brains, genes, and hormonal systems - creatures that 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 curious onlooker to see the world from the perspective of an original philosopher-engineer and intellectual maverick - Steve Grand proposes an answer.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements                                   ix
Introduction: A latter-day Frankenstein 1 (11)
Failing the test 12 (10)
Lies, damned lies and linguistics 22 (11)
A guide to the intangible 33 (9)
Levels of being and the general scheme of 42 (19)
things
The importance of being emergent 61 (9)
Looking-glass worlds 70 (14)
They call me Legion; for I am many 84 (14)
On the balance of nature 98 (22)
God's Lego set 120(14)
The whole iguana 134(12)
Igor, hand me that screwdriver... 146(12)
I am Ron's brain 158(16)
Three parts gin to one of vermouth 174(21)
Taking over the world 195(10)
Vapourware 205(14)
Bibliography 219(2)
Index 221