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The Biocene. The Age of New Life Beyond Evolution

  • Book

  • May 2022
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5018794

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.

Table of Contents

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


Vikram Shyam Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Akron, OH, USA. Dr. Vikram Shyam is an adjunct professor at the University of Akron in the Mechanical Engineering department. He is also a research aerospace engineer who works as a futurist for NASA. He is the founder of the Virtual Interchange for Nature-Inspired Exploration (V.I.N.E.) at NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center. His interests include artificial intelligence, biomimicry, innovation design and futurology. Dr. Shyam is the recipient of NASA's Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).