Short works

Books : reviews

Martyn Amos, ed.
Cellular Computing.
OUP. 2004


Martyn Amos, Gerald Owenson. An introduction to cellular computing. 2004
Raymond C. Paton, Michael J. Fisher, Grant Malcolm, Koichiro Matsuno. Proteins and information processing. 2004
Michael A. Lones, Andy M. Tyrrell. Enzyme genetic programming. 2004
Ron Weiss, Thomas F. Knight Jr, Gerald Jay Sussman. Genetic process engineering. 2004
Michael L. Simpson, Gary S. Sayler, James T. Fleming, John Sanseverino, Chris D. Cox. The device science of whole cells as components in microscale and nanoscale systems. 2004
Kenichi Wakabayashi, Masayuki Yamamura. The Enterococcus faecalis information gate. 2004
Ron Weiss, Thomas F. Knight Jr, Gerald Jay Sussman. Cellular computation and communication using engineered genetic regulatory networks. 2004
Michael L. Simpson, Timothy E. McKnight, Michael A. Guillorn, Vladimir I. Merkulov, Gary S. Sayler, Anatoli Melechko. The biology of integration of cells into microscale and nanoscale systems. 2004
David M. Prescott, Grzegorz Rozenberg. Encrypted genes and their assembly in ciliates. 2004
Lila Kari, Laura F. Landweber. Biocomputation in ciliates. 2004

Martyn Amos.
Theoretical and Experimental DNA Computation.
Springer. 2005


Martyn Amos.
Genesis Machines: the new science of biocomputing.
Atlantic Books. 2006

Martyn Amos, Ra Page.
Beta-Life: stories from a A-Life future.
Comma Press. 2014

(read but not reviewed)

Computers are changing.

Soon the silicon chip will seem like a clunky antique amid the bounty of more exotic processes on offer. Robots are changing too; material evolution and swarm intelligence are creating a new generation of devices that will diverge and disperse into a balanced ecosystem of humans and ‘robjects’ (robotic objects). Somewhere in between, we humans will have to change also… in the way we interact with technology, the roles we adopt in an increasingly ‘intelligent’ environment, and how we interface with each other.

The driving motors behind many of these changes will be artificial life (A-Life) and unconventional computing. How exactly they will impact on our world is still an open question. But in the spirit of collective intelligence, this anthology brings together 38 scientists and authors, working in pairs, to imagine what life (and A-Life) will look like in the year 2070. Every kind of technology is imagined: from lie-detection glasses to military swarmbots, brain-interfacing implants to synthetically ‘grown’ skyscrapers, revolution-inciting computer games to synthetically engineered haute cuisine.

All artificial life is here.

Martyn Amos, Anne Condon.
Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation, UCNC 2016: Manchester, UK.
Springer. 2016

(read but not reviewed)

Susan Stepney, Steen Rasmussen, Martyn Amos.
Computational Matter.
Springer. 2018


(read but not reviewed)

This book is concerned with computing in materio: that is, unconventional computing performed by directly harnessing the physical properties of materials. It offers an overview of the field, covering four main areas of interest: theory, practice, applications and implications. Each chapter synthesizes current understanding by deliberately bringing together researchers across a collection of related research projects.

The book is useful for graduate students, researchers in the field, and the general scientific reader who is interested in inherently interdisciplinary research at the intersections of computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and mathematics.