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  • Title: Darwin Among The Machines: The Evolution Of Global Intelligence
  • Author: George Dyson
  • ISBN: 9780738200309
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Introducing a cast of known and unknown characters, George B Dyson traces the course of the information revolution, illuminating the lives and work of visionaries from the time of Thomas Hobbes to the time of John von Neumann who foresaw the development of artificial intelligence, artificial life, and artificial mind This book derives both its title and its outlook fIntroducing a cast of known and unknown characters, George B Dyson traces the course of the information revolution, illuminating the lives and work of visionaries from the time of Thomas Hobbes to the time of John von Neumann who foresaw the development of artificial intelligence, artificial life, and artificial mind This book derives both its title and its outlook from Samuel Butler s 1863 essay Darwin Among the Machines Observing the beginnings of miniaturization, self reproduction, and telecommunication among machines, Butler predicted that nature s intelligence, only temporarily subservient to technology, would resurface to claim our creations as her own Weaving a cohesive narrative among his brilliant predecessors, Dyson constructs a straightforward, convincing, and occasionally frightening view of the evolution of mind in the global network, on a level transcending our own Dyson concludes that we are in the midst of an experiment that echoes the prehistory of human intelligence and the origins of life Just as the exchange of coded molecular instructions brought life as we know it to the early earth s primordial soup, and as language and mind combined to form the culture in which we live, so, in the digital universe, are computer programs and worldwide networks combining to produce an evolutionary theater in which the distinctions between nature and technology are increasingly obscured Nature, believes Dyson, is on the side of the machines.
    Darwin Among The Machines The Evolution Of Global Intelligence Introducing a cast of known and unknown characters George B Dyson traces the course of the information revolution illuminating the lives and work of visionaries from the time of Thomas Hobbes to the

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    1. Darwin Among the Machines is a fun book offering a perspective on the rise of the machines self acting, evolving machines achieving a level of consciousness.As machines continue to become complex and relational, it is suggested that we should create a digital reserve to allow code to evolve on its own then domesticate the useful organisms, er, I mean programs The Tierran reserve is envisioned as a cooperative laboratory for evolving commercially harvestable software of a variety and complexity [...]

    2. George Dyson, son of physicist Freeman Dyson, has no formal education as a teenager he went to Canada, where he lived in a treehouse for three winters and built baidarkas instead of pursuing a conventional career He wanted to write a history of I am not sure what computer science artificial intelligence evolutionary computation but he is unqualified to do this, and does not realize that it is the case I might smile at Nadine Gordimer s Sam missiles or a reactor based on the harmless pebble a sm [...]

    3. The appropriate thing to say, I suppose, is that this is a good overview of the emergence of artificial intelligence, starting from the 17th century with Thomas Hobbes and The Leviathan until the rise of the World Wide Web Fascinating Thought provoking Well researched Darwin Among the Machines is all of that, for sure, so why can t I give it than a meagre three stars rating The title refers to an essay written in 1863 by Samuel Butler, who argued that machines are a form of mechanical life that [...]

    4. Beautiful,never have i thought so highly of a science history book,then again i do adore the subject I think it was even better and comprehensive than Turing s Cathedral, really got me thinking and i recommend it to anyone who wants to understand information and intelligence.

    5. What do Thomas Hobbes, Erasmus Darwin, Samuel Butler, Alan Turing, Olaf Stapledon, and the RAND Corporation have in common George B Dyson explains what they have in common and in his sometimes uneven but always fascinating book about evolution of global intelligence Darwin among the Machines Dyson relates the story behind the growth of our global digital world through the individual stories of the above thinkers and They were all visionaries who saw beyond the everyday into the future and whos [...]

    6. This was the first non fiction book that I got to on my 20 Books of Summer list As I think I mentioned in my June Superlatives round up, I have almost no background in computer engineering, evolutionary biology, or mathematics, so it was, to say the least, harder going than any of the fiction I d read so far Fortunately, George Dyson is a solidly competent writer confusion never arose because he was confusing, just because I often didn t have the knowledge that would have clarified things for me [...]

    7. Atlantic mag Dec 2010 Read Kenneth Brower s article on Freeman Dyson, a global warming skeptic Kenneth Brower is the author of a book on Freeman Dyson his son, George, entitled The Starship and the Canoe 1978 George Freeman is also the author of several interesting books See the article that I saved to my iPad Dyson portrayed as a very brilliant man, who has extended himself well beyond his area of expertise Reminds me of Michael Crichton, who is also mentioned in this article, and my AAPG colle [...]

    8. Mr Dyson makes the thoughtful argument that the age of intelligent machines began with Hobbes Leviathan we live in a world haunted by the non human intelligences of states, capital, etc Machines that are made of human beings but not themselves human.Science fiction authors and star crossed computational scientists often have long winded debates about whether machines can think, whether they would be smarter than us, deserve rights, etc Dyson says they re already here, and they ve already won.

    9. This is by far my most favorite 3 star book for its incredibly detailed, intelligent, and well written tour of the history of computing Unfortunately I feel like it s too speculative and gives too much credence without sufficiently rigorous thought to some dangerously out there ideas The book s influence in this regard makes me uncomfortable given the widespread praise and attention it has received.

    10. I m not a big fan of Darwin, but I do like what George Dyson has to say in this book You can read this the same week you read Kurzweil s The Age of Spiritual machines Those would go great together.

    11. It has been a while since I read this book, but I remember really enjoying it A nice history of machines computing and a possible future where the intelligence of man and machine begins to blur Anything by a Dyson is going to be good, you can always count on that.

    12. Some cool info but by chapter 3 I was getting bored and ended up skimming through the rest I find the book lacked unity or a thesis It seemed like random history lesson essays on machines rather than a unified book.

    13. Briljant boek over kunstmatige intelligentie, bewustzijn, evolutie, gebouwd op de fundamenten van denkers, uitvinders en wetenschappers tussen 1650 en 1990 Lees je niet zo even uit en je zou willen dat Dyson een update schrijft voor een nieuwe editie.

    14. A fascinating and deep look at the origins of computing and networking as the precursor of machine intelligence.

    15. Enjoyable read It is wonderful how well Dyson integrated the many sciences and philosophies into a coherent picture of computing and all its facets Whither AI is still a puzzle.

    16. This book is eccentric, speculative, and prone to constructing just so narratives of an eventual evolution of machine intelligence Sometimes these traits work in the book s favor, sometimes not.

    17. A book I recommend everyone to read A prophetic history book about the kingdom of numbers merging with the kingdom of machines.

    18. A neat read about the evolution of machine intelligence and the ethics related to that potential emerging issue.

    19. I liked this partly because it was so much like the book that I m working on The subject is how machines are evolving intelligence The author is the son of the Dyson who made up Dyson spheres.

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