Rise of the Self-Replicators

Early Visions of Machines, AI and Robots That Can Reproduce and Evolve

Authors: Taylor, Tim, Dorin, Alan

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  • Provides a chronological survey and comprehensive archive of the early history of thought about machine self-reproduction and evolution
  • Authors hope to inspire a broad community discussion about the significant implications of intelligent evolving machines
  • Interesting for the general reader and a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners, and historians engaged with ideas in artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, and evolutionary computing
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Is it possible to design robots and other machines that can reproduce and evolve? And, if so, what are the implications: for the machines, for ourselves, for our environment, and for the future of life on Earth and elsewhere?
In this book the authors provide a chronological survey and comprehensive archive of the early history of thought about machine self-reproduction and evolution. They discuss contributions from philosophy, science fiction, science and engineering, and uncover many examples that have never been discussed in the Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life literature before now. In the final chapter they provide a synthesis of the concepts discussed, offer their views on the field’s future directions, and call for a broad community discussion about the significant implications of intelligent evolving machines.
The book will be of interest to general readers, and a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners, and historians engaged with ideas in artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, and evolutionary computing.

About the authors

Tim Taylor is a scientist, author, and coder, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He pursues research and development in artificial life, agent-based modelling and artificial intelligence, and also has a deep interest in the history of these fields. He has held research positions in various leading universities in the UK and Australia, including Edinburgh, York and Goldsmiths. He currently works part-time (and remotely) as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Data Science and AI at Monash University, while also pursuing his own research and writing interests as an independent researcher. He is an associate examiner for the University of London, and an elected board member of the International Society for Artificial Life. 
Alan Dorin is an Associate Professor at Monash University in Australia where he leads the Computational and Collective Intelligence group within the Department of Data Science and AI. His research interests include artificial life, ecological modelling, insect-plant interaction and simulation, biologically-inspired electronic media art, generative art, and the history of technology. He promotes an understanding of the relationships between technology, society and the natural environment by encouraging interdisciplinary curiosity.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Self-Reproducing Machines: The Evolution of an Idea

    Pages 1-10

    Taylor, Tim (et al.)

  • Animals and Machines: Changing Relationships in the 17th & 18th Centuries

    Pages 11-16

    Taylor, Tim (et al.)

  • Babbage Meets Darwin: Mechanisation and Evolution in the 19th Century

    Pages 17-28

    Taylor, Tim (et al.)

  • Robot Evolution and the Fate of Humanity: Pop Culture and Futurology in the Early 20th Century

    Pages 29-40

    Taylor, Tim (et al.)

  • From Idea to Reality: Designing and Building Self-Reproducing Machines in the Mid-20th Century

    Pages 41-68

    Taylor, Tim (et al.)

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Softcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rise of the Self-Replicators
Book Subtitle
Early Visions of Machines, AI and Robots That Can Reproduce and Evolve
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48234-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48234-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-48233-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 121
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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