Artificial life possibilities: a Star Trek perspective

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Baillie-de Byl, Penny. 2006. Artificial life possibilities: a Star Trek perspective. Hingham, MA. United States. Charles River Media.
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Artificial life possibilities: a Star Trek perspective

Book CategoryAuthored book
ERA Publisher ID1505
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AuthorBaillie-de Byl, Penny
Number of Pages178
SeriesCharles River Media computer sciences series
Year2006
PublisherCharles River Media
Place of PublicationHingham, MA. United States
ISBN1584504145
Web Address (URL)http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip064/2005033577.html
Abstract

The Star Trek series has inspired not only armchair fans, but also the researchers who are trying to better the human race, developing the devices of the future, and struggling to conquer space travel. The Star Trek series was also the inspiration for this book, which examines the artificial intelligences portrayed in the shows. The question we'll be asking throughout this book is, 'How do we get from where we are now to the point where we are able to create truly exceptional artificial beings such as Holodeck characters, Lieutenant Commander Data, and the Emergency Medical Hologram?' In order to answer this, we'll examine where we are right now and extrapolate where we are heading. Throughout the book a passion for Star Trek is integrated with academic research from the AI, A-Life, and Robotics domains, which are presented in an easy to understand way-- bypassing the technobabble and mind-blowing mathematics. The book examines the characteristics and capabilities of Star Trek's artificial life forms and compares them with current technologies in an attempt to predict if we'll ever create such advanced beings. It is written to provide both the serious Trekker and the occasional voyeur with a handbook of the current techniques and devices available in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, and artificial life. It examines the development of artificial life forms such as Data and the EMH from the bottom up, including their physical creation programming, and metaphysical aspects such as personality and emotions to determine if such beings might some day be a reality.
CONTENTS: Preface Introduction Part I Body Chapter 1 Positrons, Neurons, and the Android Brain Chapter 2 Physical Beings Chapter 3 Holographic Beings Chapter 4 Sensing the Environment Part II Mind Chapter 5 Presence of Mind Chapter 6 Representing and Storing Knowledge Chapter 7 Thinking and Reasoning Chapter 8 Beyond Their Original Programming Part III Soul Chapter 9 Imagination and Creativity Chapter 10 Humor Chapter 11 Emotions Chapter 12 How to Make Friends and Influence Humans Epilogue Chapter 13 Intelligence and Fooling the Turing Testers Chapter 14 Future’s End (VOY#150,151)

KeywordsStar trek; artificial life; artificial intelligence
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460399. Computer vision and multimedia computation not elsewhere classified
460201. Artificial life and complex adaptive systems
460799. Graphics, augmented reality and games not elsewhere classified
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