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The Amazing Journey of Reason

from DNA to Artificial Intelligence

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  • This book features information on how data-driven societies will allow better quality of life and offers strong, scientific arguments for considering the scientific method as a fundamental part of the educational curriculum.
  • The sociological benefit. Ability to collaborate is Homo Sapiens/Communicans strongest asset.
  • The book offers an argument against today's populist movements, as well as a powerful argument for the regulation of Internet companies.
  • A wake up call to governments, particularly in the Old World, for a more scientific management of the res publica.

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Computer Science (BRIEFSCOMPUTER)

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This Open Access book explores questions such as why and how did the first biological cells appear? And then complex organisms, brains, societies and –now– connected human societies? Physicists have good models for describing the evolution of the universe since the Big Bang, but can we apply the same concepts to the evolution of aggregated matter –living matter included? The Amazing Journey analyzes the latest results in chemistry, biology, neuroscience, anthropology and sociology under the light of the evolution of intelligence, seen as the ability of processing information. 

The main strength of this book is using just two concepts used in physics –information and energy– to explain: 

  • The emergence and evolution of life: procaryotes, eukaryotes and complex organisms
  • The emergence and evolution of the brain
  • The emergence and evolution of societies (human and not)
  • Possible evolution of our "internet society" and therole that Artificial Intelligence is playing

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elegans Foundation, London, UK

    Mario Alemi

About the author

Mario holds a PhD in physics, with a passion for Artificial Intelligence, writing, and travelling. After 8 years of scientific research, mainly at CERN, Geneva, he graduated in International Journalism at City University in London. Thanks to that, he was able to fulfill his three passions for a few years –teaching Quantitative Methods at ESCP (Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris), shooting documentaries in Brazil, Yemen and India, writing for various publications (including the Economist and the Financial Times) and consulting with various companies on AI-related project.
After developing recommendation algorithms for social networks in 2010, Mario came to the conclusion that the "interconnection revolution" is not just a business opportunity but a milestone in the evolution of human beings. With this in mind, together with a network of partners and collaborators, he set up a company named elegans specializing in AI.

Mario, alone or with a team, has been responsible for the development of original algorithms for startups and public companies . He is often invited for talks to various AI/Machine Learning conference and he has more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications, with more than 4,000 citations. Mario  was featured by "Il Sole 24 Ore", "La Repubblica", "Corriere Comunicazioni", "Business Insider".

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