The Philosophy of Artificial Life
Edited by Margaret A. Boden
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Philosophy of Artificial Life by Margaret A. Boden
Book DescriptionThe aim of this series is to bring together important recent writings in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to the university student or the general reader. The editor of each volume contributes an introductory essay on the items chosen and on the questions with which they deal. A selective bibliography is appended as a guide to further reading. This volume offers a selection of the most important philosophical work in the new and fast-growing interdisciplinary area of artificial life; it will set the agenda for future study and research. Artificial life (A-Life) research aims to synthesize the characteristics of life by artificial means, particularly employing computer technology. The essays chosen explore such fascinating themes as the nature of life, the relation between life and mind, and the limits of technology. The first two papers, one of which is the classic A-Life manifesto by Christopher Langton, provide a general overview of the subject and compare it with artificial intelligence (AI); in Part II, the contributors describe examples of A-Life research. Part III discusses various explanatory strategies in A-Life, and relates them to approaches in AI and cognitive science, while Part IV focuses on the concept of life in general. Finally, Part V explores A-Life's relation to functionalism and the feasibility of 'strong' A-Life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198751557
(203mm x 135mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margaret A. Boden
Ai, Hardback (May 2016)
Artificial Intelligence surrounds us; in our homes, schools and offices, in our cinemas, in art galleries and - not least - on the Internet. Margaret Boden considers the realistic and unrealistic expectations we have placed on AI, analyses its progress, and considers the value of its byproducts.
Creativity and Art, Paperback (October 2012)
Margaret Boden presents a series of essays in which she explores the nature of creativity in a wide range of art forms. Creativity is the generation of novel, surprising, and valuable ideas. Boden identifies three forms of creativity (combinational, exploratory, and transformational) each eliciting a different form of surprise.
Creative Mind, Hardback (September 2003)
This work uses examples such as jazz improvization, chess, story writing, physics, and the music of Mozart together with computing models from the field of artificial intelligence to uncover the nature of human creativity in the arts, science and everyday life.
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Paperback (April 1990)» View all books by Margaret A. Boden
This collection of essays looks into the philosophical arguments behind artificial intelligence and whether one can equate such concepts as intelligence, understanding and thinking to computers.
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