Creation: Life and how to make it
This is a book about the philosophy behind my Creatures game. Don’t expect a technical programming guide or a history of Artificial Life; it’s my personal thoughts on the nature of life, matter and mind. But you can’t write a program like Creatures unless you have the right philosophy, biology and computer science approach. Many have tried, but making real artificial life turns out to be harder than a lot of people assume.
Growing up with Lucy: How to build an android in twenty easy steps
Warning: I lied about the number of steps!
This is a record – a kind of lab notebook – of the research I did after Creatures, to try to understand the nature of actual minds, not just intelligence. These are the ideas and insights I’ve been building on over the past decade in order to develop my new ‘game’, which is vastly more advanced than Creatures.
Some kind things people have said about my work
“This is a giant leap forward into a new and unknown world. The same processes which gave rise to life in the real world have been modelled in software and the results are awe-inspiring. I first saw this program in the same week that evidence was discovered of life on Mars. This is more exciting.” - Douglas Adams
“Steve Grand is the creator of what I think is the nearest approach to artificial life so far, and his first book, Creation: Life and how to Make it, is as interesting as you would expect. But he illuminates more than just the properties of life: his originality extends to matter itself and the very nature of reality. Not since David Deutsch’s The Fabric of Reality have I encountered such a compelling invitation to think everything out afresh, from the bottom up.” - Richard Dawkins
“Steve Grand’s work straddles so many areas of contemporary human interest that it’s difficult to know where to place him. He’s at the cutting edge of a whole set of questions about the possible future extensions of human intelligence – and is himself the creator of some very successful forms of artificial life which continue to proliferate through the Internet.
Steve is a great modern generalist with a broad base of knowledge and practical skills. His work draws on a web of provocative connections between biology, evolution theory, cognition theory, and computer science and suggests new philosophical ideas about what constitutes life and human-ness.” - Brian Eno