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Beta Life

Stories from an A-Life Future
An anthology of stories edited by

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 'robjects' (robotic objects). Somewhere in between, we humans will have to change also... in the way we interact with technology, the roles we adopt in an increasingly 'intelligent' 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 'grown' 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, German Terrazas, Andrew Vardy and Alan Winfield.


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Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Beta-Life: Short Stories from an A-Life Future (Comma Science into Fiction)
Author(s): Adam Roberts, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Joanna Quinn, Adam Marek, Lucy Caldwell, Julian Gough, Robin Yassin-Kassab, Toby Litt
Publisher: Comma Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA