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Ackley, David

Adleman, Leonard

One of the discoverers of the widely used RSA encryption algorithm, and researcher on computer viruses.

Angle, Colin

Develops adaptive robotics, specifically subsumption and swarm level intelligences at MIT.

Arbib, Michael

One of the first proponents of the idea that we can learn about the brain by studying intelligent machines and vice-versa. He founded the Cognitive Science program along with the Center for Systems Neuroscience and the Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics at the University of Massachusetts.

Axelrod, Robert

Researches the emergent properties of social systems, specifically competition and collaboration in a political, and societal context.

Baldwin, J.M.

Baldwin founded the first Psychological laboratory in Toronto in 1889, he made use of Darwin's theory of evolution in his theories of development

Bedau, Mark

Studies the relationship between life, mind and intelligence in an evolutionary context.

Beer, Randall D.

Director of the Case Western Reserve University's Autonomous Agents Research Group.

Brooks, Rodney A.

The director of the Mit Humanoid Robotics Group Lab, Co-creator of Cog.

Burks, Arthur

After ENIAC he completed JVN's written proof of the universality of the 29-state automaton.

Church, Alonso

Developed the Church-Turing thesis.

Codd, E. F.

Developed an 8-state cellular automaton after Von Neumann's 29-state CA that was capable self-replication as well as preserving the universal computation ability of the Von Neumann CA.
Subsequently, he worked on RDMS relational database technology.

Conway, John Horton

Mathematician, Game player, creator of "The Game of Life" Sun Java Applet

Crick, Sir Francis

Co-discover of the Double-Helical structure of DNA, he is turning his intellect toward information theory.

Crutchfield, James

Deneubourg, Jean-Louis

Dennet, Daniel

Dennet gives a very good description of why consciousness is not an all or nothing phenomena, but one of varying degrees across organisms.

Descartes, Rene

The first rationalist.

Drexler, K. Eric

The largest proponent of Nanotechnology which will come to fruition a lot quicker with Carbon Nanotubes.

Dewdney, A. K.

Mathematics Professor, and contributor to Scientific American, our guide to the point where Science and Information theory interact.

Drake, Frank

Director of SETI, that other search for Artificial Life.

Dyer, Michael

Eigen, Manfred

Eigen had an interest peripheral to his primary field of chemistry, that of the problem of the storage of information in the central nervous system in humans.

Einstein, Albert

Farmer, James Doyne

Feigenbaum, Mitchell

Feynman, Richard

The first scientist to discuss Nanotechnology, and the greatest physicist this century.

Flynn, Anita

Fontana, Walter

Forrest, Stephanie

Genetic Algorithms researcher.

Fredkin, Ed

Freitas, Robert A.

Gardner, Martin

Gell-Mann, Murray

Gibson, Robert

Goldberg, David

Worked under Koza, developed a Genetic Algorithm approach to pipeline resource optimization.

Gosper, R. William

Cellular Automata Researcher, discoverer of the glider gun.

Green, Milton

Gutowitz, Howard

Cellular Automata Researcher.

Handler, Sheryl

Hillis, William Daniel

Inventor of the Connection Machine, Hillis now works on the "Long Now" 10000 year clock and a multitude of other projects.
His 5 versions of the CM were ahead of their time and technology just like Charles Babbage.

Hinton, Geoff

Hofstadter, Douglas R.

Holland, John Henry

John H. Holland first developed genetic algorithms in the 1960's.

Hopfield, John J

Neural Network Pioneer.

Hubbell, Stephen

Joy, Bill
Why the future doesn't need us.

Cofounder and Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems, and is a coauthor of The Java Language Specification.

Kaufman, Stuart

Used the simplest boolean networks containing cells that compute one of the 16 functions obtainable from 2 binary variable inputs and other combinations, to investigate the interaction of proteins within living systems.

Kemeny, John G.

Knight, Tom

Knuth, Donald

Detailed almost all of the theory of the field of computer science and discrete math.

Koza, John

Developed alternate approach to genetic algorithms (Genetic Programming) that lets the program evolve itself, instead of designing a program to solve a problem

Kurzweil, Ray

Lachmann, Michael

Researches the origins and processes of evolution, specifically multicellularity and social interaction in animals and insects.

Lander, Eric

Langton, Christopher G.

Lindenmayer, Aristid

Littman, Michael

Lorenz, Konrad

Maes, Pattie

She is prolific, her company spun off from MIT to work on intelligent Agents.

Mandelbrot, Benoit
Wired:Aug 1994: The Geometric Dreams of Benoit Mandlebrot

IBM Fellow, Discoverer of the Mandelbrot set - a kind of table of contents of Julia fractals for the equation Z(n) = Z(n-1)^2 + C (where c is the point on the complex 2-dimensional plane).
When this equation is iterated, the time it takes for Z to spiral out past a radius of 2.0 becomes the color of the point.
The result of this is a fractal (fractional dimension) that has an infinite length around its circumference.
Here are some examples using Stone Soup Group's Fractint 18.21.
Full Set 180 Kb
Replicated Subset 474 Kb, this subset is not an exact copy.
Spiral 203 Kb

Margolus, Norman

Mataric, Maja

May, Robert

Mayer-Kress, Gottfried

McCarthy, John

McIlroy, H. Douglas

Mead, Carver

Researcher of biologically inspired models as applicable to vlsi retina chips.

Merkle, Ralph

Researcher of Nanotechnology

Michalewicz, Zbigniew

A very detailed account of Evolutionary programs and their functioning.

Mitchell, Melanie

An authority on Genetic Algorithms.

Minsky, Marvin

The Artificial Intelligence pioneer.

Monod, Jacques

Moravec, Hans

Robotics Pioneer.

Morris, Robert Jr.

Newell, Allen

Nowlan, S. J.

Oppacher, Franz

A-Life and Genetic Programming researcher at Carleton University.

Oppenheimer, Peter

O'Reilly, Una-May

Orgel, Leslie

Packard, Norman

Worked on artificial snowflake growth using a Cellular Automata model.

Pagels, Heinz

Papert, Seymour

Co-Developer of the first object-oriented language Smalltalk, the precursor ot Java.

Pattee, Howard H.

Peirce, Charles S.

Worked on 3-valued logic among a huge amount of other fields.

Penrose, L. S.

The father of Roger Penrose, his concentration was on the genetic basis of disease and protein expression.

Penrose, Roger

Proponent of the assumption that the substrate for consciousness cannot be artificial.

Prigogine, Ilya

Prusinkeiwicz, Przemyslaw

Rasmussen, Steen

Ray, Thomas

Reitman, Judith

Resnick, Mitchel

Reynolds, Craig

Works on AI flocking behavior GA models for movies and computer games, one example is boids.

Robertson, Debra

Rucker, Rudy

Researcher in Cellular Automata

Sagan, Carl

Carl searches for other Artificial Life outside of the solar system. Founder of SETI. Extraordinary Scientist.

Schuster, Peter

Searle, John

Proponent of the assumption that the substrate for consciousness cannot be artificial.

Shannon, Claude

The father of Information Theory

Simon, Herbert

Sims, Karl

Smith, Alvy Ray

Smith, John Maynard

Sober, Elliott

Spafford, Eugene

Steels, Luc

Sussmann, Gerald J.

Artificial Intelligence pioneer.

Tiesenhausen, Georg von

Toffoli, Tommaso

Travers, Michael

Turing, Alan M.

The other father of Information Theory, the first Cryptographer, creator of the Universal Turing Machine.

Ulam, Stanislaw M.

Urey, Harold

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The first creator of Automata, in the spirit of Sony's Aibo.

Viola, Paul

Von Neumann, John

A Mathematician, Von Neumanns' motivation was to simulate life using a machine. I first learned about Dr. Von Neumann when I came across cellular automata, John worked up until 1953 on his 29-state cellular automaton.

Vyssotsky, Victor

Walter, W. Grey

Watson, James

Co-discover of the double-helical structure of DNA.

Wiener, Norbert

Wilson, Stewart

Wolfram, Stephen

Classification of cellular automata, and in particular 1-dimensional versions.

Woodger, J. H.

Wright, Sewall

Yaeger, Larry
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