Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology

Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology

by John Long

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465021413
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

John Long is a Professor at Vassar College, with joint appointments in Cognitive Science and Biology. He serves as Director of Vassar's Interdisciplinary Robotics Research Laboratory, which he co-founded. Long and his robots, Madeleine and the Tadros, have garnered widespread press coverage in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and more. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Why Robots? 1

Chapter 2 The Game of Life 23

Chapter 3 Engineering Evolvabots 43

Chapter 4 Tadros Play the Game of Life 69

Chapter 5 The Life of the Embodied Mind 95

Chapter 6 Predator, Prey, and Vertebrae 131

Chapter 7 Evolutionary Trekkers 167

Chapter 8 So Long, and Thanks for All the Robotic Fish 205

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 239

Index 261

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