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The Biocene: The Age of New Life Beyond Evolution examines how humans solve our biggest challenges using artificial intelligence and living systems, assimilating all natural data, living machines and synthetic life. The book provides a brief history of biomimetics extending back to pre-Bronze Age hominins, offering a new perspective on the value of fossils and the role of biomimetics in advancing AI beyond the use of bio-inspired algorithms. Readers are introduced to the Periodic Table of Life as a groundbreaking tool that aims to automate innovation, along with new fields, including physioteleology and how they relate to AI, blockchains and bio-inspiration.
This book is an important resource for researchers and academics studying evolution, life sciences, and their new-age relation to technology such as AI. This book will appeal to advanced students interested in subjects such as biomimetics and integrated biosciences programs.
- Inspects biomimetics through a scientific lens and presents an approach to automated innovation
- Discusses unexplored areas of biomimetics, including paleomimetics, anthropomimetics and criteria for selecting biological methods
- Provides the potential for bio-inspiration in developing new AI technologies
Researchers and academics in evolutionary biology and life sciences
1. Introduction - In a universe far, far ahead
2. A Brief History of Bio and Untapped Potential
3. Paleomimesis: What can the Brontosaur Teach a Great Ape?
4. Anthropomimesis: Wisdom of the Ancients
5. Physioteleology: The Purposedness of Nature (or the lack thereof)
6. Monkeys, Religion and Economics - A Mutual Understanding
7. Leaving Nature in the dust - Artificial Evolution
8. Enter the Biocene - The Age of New Life
9. PeTaL - the Periodic Table of Life
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- © Academic Press 2021
- 1st December 2020
- Academic Press
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Vikram Shyam is the leader of NASA’s nature-inspired design and jet engine turbine development team. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Akron in the Mechanical Engineering department. He is the founder of the Virtual Intelligence for Nature-Inspired Exploration (V.I.N.E.) at the NASA Glenn Research Center. His research and research interests include artificial intelligence, energy harvesting, and STEM education. He was recently featured on the television series Xploration Nature Knows Best discussing his work with NASA. Shyam is the recipient of such awards as NASA’s Early Career Achievement Medal, NASA Group Achievement Award, and the ASEI Young Engineer Award.
Leader, NASA’s nature-inspired design and jet engine turbine development team and Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Akron
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