The Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016, which I co-edited, have been released by MIT Press on an open access basis.
I also co-wrote the Introduction to the proceedings. We showed that the prehistoric Maya had already conceived of the possibility of artificial life, which made the Riviera Maya a fitting place for the conference.
They not only saw the potential usefulness of living technology, but also warned of the devastating consequences of a society’s blind reliance on its technology.
Their concerns therefore nicely introduced the conference’s special theme of “Artificial Life and Society”.