Steve Grand (roboticist)

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Steve Grand with scenes from Creatures 2

Steve Grand OBE (born 12 February 1958) is a British computer scientist and roboticist.[1] He was the creator and lead programmer of the Creatures artificial life simulation, which he discussed in his first book Creation: Life and how to make it, a finalist for the 2001 Aventis Prize for Science Books. He is also an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which he received in 2000.[2]

Grand's project from 2001-2006 was the building of an artificial robot baby orang-utan, with the intention of having it learn as a human baby would.[3][4][5] This is documented in his book Growing up with Lucy.

Projects[edit]

Creatures

One of the best known projects created by Steve Grand is Creatures, an Artificial Life simulation, which his company Cyberlife released in 1996.

Lucy, the Android

His project from 2001–05 was Lucy, a mechanical baby orang-utan. Lucy was an attempt at simulating the mind of a human baby.[6][7][8]

Sim-biosis

Grand worked on Sim-biosis, a computer simulation game in which complete artificial creatures could be built from functional, structural units.[9] It is available on SourceForge under the name Simergy.[10]

Grandroids

In February 2011, Grand announced a new project, Grandroids, described as "real 'alien' life forms who can live in a virtual world on your computer".[11]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daniel, Dr (2006-01-09). "Science seen under the right conditions". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "SCI/TECH | Robots get busy". BBC News. 27 December 2000. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Radio 4 - The Material World 07/04/2005". BBC. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  5. ^ Dermody, Nick (2004-03-18). "UK | Wales | A Grand plan for brainy robots". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  6. ^ Lyall, Sarah (2 February 2002). "Man Who Would Be God: Giving Robots Life". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Dermody, Nick (18 March 2004). "A Grand plan for brainy robots". BBC News. 
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20051214165042/http://fp.cyberlifersrch.plus.com/lucy.htm
  9. ^ Grand, Steve (2008). "Creating artificial life for fun, one cell at a time" (PDF). PerAda Magazine. doi:10.2417/2200812.1449. 
  10. ^ http://postbiota.org/pipermail/tt/2010-June/007499.html
  11. ^ "Blowing my own trumpet « Steve Grand's Blog". Stevegrand.wordpress.com. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 

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