Growing Up with Lucy: How to Build an Android in Twenty Easy Steps

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Steve Grand is a self-taught scientist who has deliberately eschewed large public grants and laboratory affiliation so as to give himself the freedom required to put his revolutionary theories on artificial intelligence to the test. The result is Lucy, one of the most advanced research robots in existence, and it is Lucy's successes and failures which stand as indicators of the present state of robotics. The compelling story of Lucy's creation, all done in Steve's own home, is a fascinating mixture of human perseverance and cutting edge scientific endeavour.

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For many scientists, artificial intelligence is the Holy Grail; but will we ever be able to combine the knowledge, skills, and ideas needed to create a complete living being? This was the question that inspired Steve Grand when he set out to build “Lucy.” Regarded as an unscientific charlatan by some, a naïve fool by others, this “self–taught” tinkerer deliberately eschewed grants and laboratory affiliation to allow himself as much freedom as possible to pursue his revolutionary ideas. This is his account of battling the odds to create one of the most advanced robots in existence. Steve Grand is the inventor of the groundbreaking computer game, “Creatures.” He was nominated by THE SUNDAY TIMES as one of “The Brains Behind the 21st Century.”

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Steve Grand was cofounder and director of technology at the UK-based CyberLife Technology. He left last year to start up Cyberlife Research, where he is attempting to build the world's first conscious machine. He is the inventor of the groundbreaking computer game 'Creatures'. A former visiting research fellow at the University of Sussex and columnist for a leading journal on artificial intelligence, he has written numerous articles and lectures widely on the topic of artificial life. He was nominated by The Sunday Times as one of 'The Brains Behind the 21st Century', and received a CBE in the millennium honours list for his contribution to the computer games industry.

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