What links a laboratory in Odense at University of Southern Denmark with the war drones circling the skies of Afghanistan? Would you like to be the owner of a TV that needs to be fed? How far do scientists perceive robots to enter into our everyday lives in the future? And are these scientists unscrupulous madmen in white lab coats careless of our public hopes and fears?
These are just some of the questions answered in the book Living Technology: 5 Questions recently published on Automatic Press. In the book nineteen of the worlds leading scientists in the field of Living Technology each present their own story of how they came to be engaged in studying and developing living or lifelike technologies, and where they see these technologies going (literally as well as metaphorically speaking).
The book is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning more about living technology, whether coming from business, the government, policy centers, academia, or anywhere else. Its purpose is to help people to learn what living technology is, what it might develop into, and how it might impact our lives.
The phrase ‘living technology’ was coined to refer to technology that is alive as well as technology that is useful because it shares the fundamental properties of living systems. In particular, the invention of this phrase was called for to describe the trend of our technology becoming increasingly life-like or literally alive. Still, the phrase has different interpretations depending on how one views what life is.
The book presents nineteen perspectives on living technology. Taken together, the interviews convey the collective wisdom on living technology’s power and promise, as well as its pitfalls and perils, from a list of authors with distinguished accomplishments in creating, using, or evaluating living technology.