Pulse

Pulse

The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Explains how advances in human systems and machines that work like living things are rapidly transforming life, discussing such topics as emotion-enabled computers, ships designed to move like fish, and rapid evolution.

McMillan Palgrave
Pulse is not about dance music, not about heart rates—and not about electromagnetic fields. What it does describe is a sea change in human affairs, a vast and fundamental shift that is about to transform every aspect of our lives. Written in lively prose for lay readers, Pulse shows how ideas that have shaped Western science, industry, and culture for centuries are being displaced by the rapid and dramatic rise of a “new biology”—by human systems and machines that work like living things.

In Pulse, Robert Frenay details the coming world of
• emotional computers
• ships that swim like fish
• hard, soft, and wet artificial life
• money that mimics the energy flows in nature
• evolution at warp speed

And these are not blue-sky dreams. By using hundreds of vivid and concrete examples of cutting-edge work, Frenay showcases the brilliant innovations and often colorful personalities now giving birth to a radical new future. Along the way, he also offers thoughtful conclusions on the promises—and dangers—of our transformation to the next great phase of “human cultural evolution.”



Baker
& Taylor

Explains how technological advances in human systems and machines that work like living things are rapidly transforming life in the twenty-first century, in a layperson's account that discusses such topics as emotion-enabled computers, ships that are designed to move like fish, and rapid evolution.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374113278
0374113270
Characteristics: xxv, 545 p. ; 24 cm

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