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Living machinesA handbook of research in biomimetics and biohybrid systems$
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Tony J. Prescott, Nathan Lepora, and Paul F.M.J Verschure

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199674923.001.0001

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Sustainability of living machines

Sustainability of living machines

(p.614) Chapter 65 Sustainability of living machines
Living machines

José Halloy

Oxford University Press

Humankind is facing the reality of climate change and energy and resource transitions that could pose a major existential threat. Our future technological development must respond to these challenges. Artificial intelligence and robotics are making tremendous progress. However, in terms of power, energy, and materials consumptions the gap between these technologies and a living being is huge and non-sustainable in the long term. This chapter argues for a radical biomimetic, or Living Machines, approach to the development of next generation technologies; radical meaning including the type of chemistry and ecological processes found in living systems. This radical approach necessitates re-inventing our computational technologies in terms of materials, architectures, and processes, linking these processes within new technological ecosystems, and learning from the self-regulating ecological cycles of birth, growth, death, and re-use found in the natural world.

Keywords:   sustainability, technology evolution, energy transition, climate change, semiconductors, computational technology

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