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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 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.

Also featuring stories by Dinesh Allirajah, Lucy Caldwell, Claire Dean, Andy Hedgecock, Annie Kirby, Zoe Lambert, Sean O'Brien, K. J. Orr, Joanna Quinn, Sarah Schofield, Margaret Wilkinson, Robin Yassin-Kassab, Adam Roberts, Adam Marek, and Toby Litt. Plus afterwords by scientists J. Mark Bishop, Seth Bullock, 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, Germán Terrazas, Andrew Vardy and Alan Winfield.

©2014 Comma Press (P)2015 Audible, Ltd.

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Remarkable short stories

I liked the variety of the stories, the comments by scientists at the end of each of them was very enjoyable and thought provoking.
I recommend this book to anyone who has a curious bendable mind.

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  • 02-01-18

Interesting but not all that original

The subjects picked for the stories in this collection aren’t all that original. They explore old themes such as new developments, gaming, differences in our world etc with scientific explanations as to how the research is turning science fiction in to science fact. Taht’s interesting but not all that new or exciting. Anyone could work out what’s happening and maybe we don’t need all the psychology but some readers might be at least intrigued by it. The stories themselves are badly written with liveral springligns of ‘he said’ and ‘she said’ intimating a total lack of imagination in terms of language on the part of the various authors and, as I say the ideas are not new at all. I bought this book merely to enhance my own story writing ideas and it’ll do that all right but not much more.