Biomaterial Evolution is a complex and young discipline concerned with use of heuristic algorithms, and the identification of specific biomolecules to target in a biomaterial, to improve the material's functionality step by step towards having a specific structure and specific properties.
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Virtual Organisms looks at the dramatic advances taken by Alife in the course of their oh so brief evolution, and what they are really capable of. A survey of current ideas about the origins of life and the engines of evolution, this books holds compelling, educated speculation about the future.
The book ? Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships? explores every level of human relationship with robots, and robot-like creatures, arguing in favour of intimate relationships with robots ? and likely commonplace within a lifetime.
This, the first in a series on the evolution of Role-Play looks at where we have come from, at the origins of the modern roleplay systems used by near enough every world.
Sex within simulated environements. Pleasurable, stimulating, orgasmic. Yet no danger of diseases, or pregnancy. Some fear this will lead to a decline in world population. Might it instead, lead to a new stage in evolution?
A lavishly illustrated collection of short interviews with people from all over the field of robotics. The book is 240 pages long, but no one interview comprises more than four pages within it, interspaced with the illustrations.
A look at the third kind of structure for Role-Play, that of the story-driven world, where less emphasis is placed on the characters, and more on the overall idea. This article looks at the evolution of this strain of virtual world over time from the first ancestors, to modern versions.
Originally news from 26-08-2005, this story is of a landmark case in the evolution of virtual nations. It has long been known that eventually the physical world would see the virtual as a threat. The Chinese are the first to try to curtail it. A new law is being introduced to prohibit more than three hours spent in an online environment.
The team behind The Sims Online reflect on their world's launch, and all the issues they encountered in their first few months. Looking at how they could grow the possibilities without losing existing players, playerbase desires against actual content, and other such issues this is a very good reafd indeed.
This podcast comes from TED 2009, by the original inventor of the Internet. He looks at the next stage in the Internet's evolution; open, linked data.
New approaches to artificial intelligence spring from the idea that intelligence emerges as much from cells, bodies, and societies as it does from evolution, development, and learning. Traditionally, artificial intelligence has been concerned with reproducing the abilities of human brains; newer approaches take inspiration from a wider range of biological structures that that are capable of autonomous self-organisation.
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Researchers have created an automated device that evolves a biological molecule on a chip filled with hundreds of miniature chambers. In other words, an evolutionary biochip.
The molecule, which stitches together strands of R...
According to new research by the University of Chicago and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the sophistication of the human brain is not the result of steady evolution over millions of years.
Instead, humans followed a un...
Although It has taken homo sapiens several million years to evolve from the apes, the useful information in our DNA, has probably changed by only a few million bits. So the rate of biological evolution in humans, Stephen Hawking points out ...
Robots wag their tail fins and bob along like bathtub toys in a pool at a Vassar College lab. Their actions are dictated by microprocessors housed in round plastic containers, the sort you'd store soup in.
It hardly looks li...
July 19 – July 22, 2012
East Lansing, Michigan, USA
It is a great pleasure for the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action at Michigan State University to host the 13th International Artificial Life Conferen...