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The Resource Darwin's devices : what evolving robots can teach us about the history of life and the future of technology, John Long

Darwin's devices : what evolving robots can teach us about the history of life and the future of technology, John Long

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Darwin's devices : what evolving robots can teach us about the history of life and the future of technology
Title
Darwin's devices
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what evolving robots can teach us about the history of life and the future of technology
Statement of responsibility
John Long
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Language
eng
Summary
"What happens when we let robots play the game of life? The challenge of studying evolution is that the history of life is buried in the past--we can't witness the dramatic events that shaped the adaptations we see today. But biorobotics expert John Long has found an ingenious way to overcome this problem: he creates robots that look and behave like extinct animals, subjects them to evolutionary pressures, lets them compete for mates and resources, and mutates their 'genes'. In short, he lets robots play the game of life. In Darwin's Devices, Long tells the story of these evolving biorobots--how they came to be, and what they can teach us about the biology of living and extinct species. Evolving biorobots can replicate creatures that disappeared from the Earth long ago, showing us in real time what happens in the face of unexpected environmental challenges. Biomechanically correct models of backbones functioning as part of an autonomous robot, for example, can help us understand why the first vertebrates evolved them. But the most impressive feature of these robots, as Long shows, is their ability to illustrate the power of evolution to solve difficult technological challenges autonomously--without human input regarding what a workable solution might be. Even a simple robot can create complex behavior, often learning or evolving greater intelligence than humans could possibly program. This remarkable idea could forever alter the face of engineering, design, and even warfare. An amazing tour through the workings of a fertile mind, Darwin's Devices will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about evolution, robot intelligence, and life itself"--
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DLC
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629.8/92
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TJ211.37
LC item number
.L66 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Darwin's devices : what evolving robots can teach us about the history of life and the future of technology, John Long
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-260) and index
Contents
Why robots? -- The game of life -- Engineering evolvabots -- Tadros play the game of life -- The life of the embodied mind -- Predator, prey, and vertebrae -- Evolutionary trekkers -- So long, and thanks for all the robotic fish
Control code
ocn744287777
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
273 p.
Isbn
9780465021413
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(hardback)
Lccn
2011051804
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ill.
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  • (Sirsi) o744287777
  • (OCoLC)744287777
Label
Darwin's devices : what evolving robots can teach us about the history of life and the future of technology, John Long
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-260) and index
Contents
Why robots? -- The game of life -- Engineering evolvabots -- Tadros play the game of life -- The life of the embodied mind -- Predator, prey, and vertebrae -- Evolutionary trekkers -- So long, and thanks for all the robotic fish
Control code
ocn744287777
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
273 p.
Isbn
9780465021413
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011051804
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o744287777
  • (OCoLC)744287777

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