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Computers are changing. Soon the silicon chip will seem like a clunky antique amid the bounty of more exotic processes on offer. Robots are changing too; material evolution and swarm intelligence are creating a new generation of devices that will diverge and disperse into a balanced ecosystem of humans and a€˜robjectsa€™ (robotic objects). Somewhere in between, we humans will have to change alsoa€b in the way we interact with technology, the roles we adopt in an increasingly a€˜intelligenta€™ environment, and how we interface with each other. The driving motors behind many of these changes will be artificial life (A-Life) and unconventional computing. How exactly they will impact on our world is still an open question. But in the spirit of collective intelligence, this anthology brings together 38 scientists and authors, working in pairs, to imagine what life (and A-Life) will look like in the year 2070. Every kind of technology is imagined: from lie-detection glasses to military swarmbots, brain-interfacing implants to synthetically a€˜growna€™ skyscrapers, revolution-inciting computer games to synthetically engineered haute cuisine. All artificial life is here. Featuring scientific contributions from: Martyn Amos, J. Mark Bishop, Seth Bullock, Stephen Dunne, James Dyke, Christian Jantzen, Francesco Mondada, James D. O'Shea, Andrew Philippides, Lenka Pitonakova, Steen Rasmussen, Thomas S. Ray, Micah Rosenkind, James Snowdon, Susan Stepney, GermAin Terrazas, Andrew Vardy and Alan Winfield. Supported by TRUCE (Training and Research in Unconventional Computation in Europe).writer for the TLS and makes occasional contributions to the Guardian and The Independent. ... Short stories have since appeared in Litmus, Lemistry, and BioPunk, and an essay on Poe in Morphologies (all Comma). ... BBC Radio 4, and published by The Dublin Review, The White Review, Lighthouse, Daunt Books and he Sunday Times Magazine online, among others. ... His latest books are Jack Glass (Gollancz 2012) and Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea ( Gollancz 2014).

Author:Martyn Bedford, Robin Yassin-Kassab, Adam Marek, Andy Hedgecock, Stuart Evers, Adam Roberts, Annie Kirby, Margaret Wilkinson, Sean O'Brien, Julian Gough, Sarah Schofield, Zoe Lambert, Lucy Caldwell, Claire Dean, Dinesh Allirajah, K.J. Orr, Joanna Quinn, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Toby Litt
Publisher:Comma Press - 2015-06-15


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