Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things


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Pulse is not about dance music, not about heart ratesand 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 biologyby 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 promisesand dangersof our transformation to the next great phase of human cultural evolution.

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