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Beta Life

Stories from an A-Life Future
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)
Non-member price: $37.98
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Publisher's Summary

Computers are changing. Soon the silicon chip will seem like a clunky antique amid the bounty of more exotic processes on offer. Robots are changing, too; material evolution and swarm intelligence are creating a new generation of devices that will diverge and disperse into a balanced ecosystem of humans and robjects (robotic objects).

Somewhere in between, we humans will have to change also... in the way we interact with technology, the roles we adopt in an increasingly intelligent environment, and how we interface with each other. The driving motors behind many of these changes will be artificial life (A-Life) and unconventional computing. How exactly they will impact our world is still an open question.

But in the spirit of collective intelligence, this anthology brings together 38 scientists and authors, working in pairs, to imagine what life (and A-Life) will look like in the year 2070. Every kind of technology is imagined: from lie-detection glasses to military swarmbots, brain-interfacing implants to synthetically grown skyscrapers, revolution-inciting computer games to synthetically engineered haute cuisine. All artificial life is here.

Also featuring stories by Dinesh Allirajah, Lucy Caldwell, Claire Dean, Andy Hedgecock, Annie Kirby, Zoe Lambert, Sean O'Brien, K. J. Orr, Joanna Quinn, Sarah Schofield, Margaret Wilkinson, Robin Yassin-Kassab, Adam Roberts, Adam Marek, and Toby Litt. Plus afterwords by scientists J. Mark Bishop, Seth Bullock, James Dyke, Christian Jantzen, Francesco Mondada, James D. O'Shea, Andrew Philippides, Lenka Pitonakova, Steen Rasmussen, Thomas S. Ray, Micah Rosenkind, James Snowdon, Susan Stepney, Germán Terrazas, Andrew Vardy and Alan Winfield.

What will life look like in the year 2070?

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Beta Life to your library, you'll get all 20 episodes, with runtimes varying from 10-60 minutes.

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🔸 Thought provoking🔸


Original in its presentation of 20 short SciFi stories, which are then bought into our present reality, through Scientific data & representations in our current world with an afterword narration.

🔸This surpassed my expectations🔸
It's all encompassing
▫️Autonomy
▫️Nanotech
▫️Swarm tech
▫️Life & death
▫️Biology
▫️Neuroscience
▫️AI
▫️Consciousness

Genuine science & tech as a follow up after each SciFi short story.

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get it while it's free

it's kinda like black mirror but different
if you know what I mean
yep good

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get it while it's still free it's really good

awesome short stories glad I got it while it was free do yourself a favor and grab it

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  • Mr. Edwards
  • 02-02-2019

Excellent collection

A series of interesting, entertaining science fiction short stories - each one followed by thought provoking afterwords from experts in the technology that featured in the story.

Each episode is a manageable 30 mins each, well-read and intriguing. Highly recommended.

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