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The book ranges from deep ruminations on the nature of life and mind (artificial and biological) to fairly concrete advice for future creators, and his writing is just as elegant and compelling as his software. Sometimes his cleverness gets the best of him, but for the most part, his wordplay is used to serve his ideas, which are thought-provoking even for readers who have no intention of creating life.
Many will be surprised at the strength of Grand's antireductionism, but he makes his case vigorously and may win a few converts to the emergent-phenomena camp. Creation is essential reading for those of us who want to think through the consequences of our actions before we imitate Frankenstein's mistake. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I read this over the Christmas break having had it on my shelf for the last year. It's a great and inspiring read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by glinkot
Steve Grand's introduction to artificial life for the non-scientist is nothing if not an interesting read. Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by M. K. Love
There are some interesting analogies and examples of perceived or emergent behaviour but overall many of the arguments do not hold up to scrutiny. Read morePublished on February 22, 2007 by Calif Martial Artist
This book gives a very deep insight in the problems of the creation of systems with some intelligence.Published on November 9, 2006 by Heinrich Ziegler
I seldom pan books, but this one is little more than an egotistic rehash of simplified versions of AI/AL theories of the past 3 decades. Read morePublished on November 13, 2005 by Liam Gwynn Sauer-Wooden
I must say I enjoyed the book completely. While I don't agree with the author on all points - the book is incredibly thought provoking. Read morePublished on July 9, 2004 by Dennis Cox
Steve Grand, in my opinion, tries, in this book, to educate the new generation of AI or Artificial Life researchers to a new bottom-up approach to reproduce natural phenomena. Read morePublished on February 20, 2003 by Claudio Martella
The strongest section of this book was in the last quarter, particularly where he has a couple of diagrams on neural nets and discussions of how they work. Read morePublished on August 3, 2002 by Brint Montgomery