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Growing Up with Lucy: How to Build an Android in Twenty Easy Steps Paperback – August 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753818051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753818053
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating, highly subjective blast from a maverick enthusiast with a relish for irritating academics." DAILY TELEGRAPH "his account of the pain, expense and occasional rewards he experienced while raising his "daughter" though still complicated and provocative, is refreshingly personal and avuncular." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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For many scientists, artificial intelligence is the Holy Grail; but will we ever be able to combine the knowledge, skills, and ideas needed to create a complete living being? This was the question that inspired Steve Grand when he set out to build “Lucy.” Regarded as an unscientific charlatan by some, a naïve fool by others, this “self–taught” tinkerer deliberately eschewed grants and laboratory affiliation to allow himself as much freedom as possible to pursue his revolutionary ideas. This is his account of battling the odds to create one of the most advanced robots in existence. Steve Grand is the inventor of the groundbreaking computer game, “Creatures.” He was nominated by THE SUNDAY TIMES as one of “The Brains Behind the 21st Century.”

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on January 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
With a subtitle of How to Build an Android in Twenty Easy Steps, this is a most interesting book. But you do need to understand two things: One this is not an Android in the sense of what you see on television or in the movies, and Two, while there are twenty chapters in the book, some of them aren't all that easy. ==This is not a description of how to build an android, instead it is some thinking on how some aspects of mental processes might best be implemented using today's electronic technology. He presents some thoughts on how we perceive sound and how our mind processes visual images that are different in both concept and implementation than I've seen before. They certainly seem in conflict with descriptions from other writers. I haven't studied this book enough yet to have formed opinions as to the validity of his views. Sometimes just looking at things a bit differently is enough to open other doors in your mind. At any rate, this makes a very interesting read, and may point some of us in other directions.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By InannaMouse on December 18, 2007
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I love Steve Grand's writing voice. He not only writes clearly and in a conversational style, but he makes the information both accessible and entertaining!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John R. Mancine on May 5, 2005
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Yet another excellent book on creating synthetic life from Steve Grand. As always, he uses his unpretentious style and fun wit to keep the reader entertained while at the same time tackling some very complex questions about neuroscience and intelligence.

An excellent read for anyone interested in understanding intelligence and how we might create it in a machine.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John R Dawson on November 4, 2011
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This book is not what is sounds like. It's moderately interesting in its own right, but it's not what the title suggests. The author even alludes to this in the introduction, tongue-in-cheek. However, I don't find anything funny about misleading people as to the contents of your book. I think the 3 I've given it is incredibly generous.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dire DAve on June 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book can't help you build anything, but give you ideas what an android can do today...
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