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The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI

John Johnston


This book examines new forms of nascent life that emerge through technical interactions within human-constructed environments—“machinic life”—in the sciences of cybernetics, artificial life, and artificial intelligence. With the development of such research initiatives as the evolution of digital organisms, computer immune systems, artificial protocells, evolutionary robotics, and swarm systems, it argues, machinic life has achieved a complexity and autonomy worthy of study in its own right. Drawing on the publications of scientists as well as a range of work in contemporary philosophy and cul ... More

Keywords: nascent life, technical interactions, human-constructed environments, machinic life, cybernetics, artificial life, artificial intelligence, digital organisms, computer immune systems, artificial protocells

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262101264
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262101264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Johnston, author