On Jan 1, 8:29 am, Terren Suydam <terren.suy...@gmail.com> wrote: > Steve Grand's latest project, an artificial-life game called Grandroids, > does just that. The bottom layer (substitution level) is an artificial > chemistry and biology, including analogues to dna, metabolism, cells > (including neurons of course), hormones, and so on. He's concentrating on > building a very robust and dynamic set of base components that will be > assembled from the dna in ways that result in an artificial animal... an > animal that has no behaviors programmed in by Steve or anyone else. > Whatever it does will be completely emergent. > > He's still building it, so a lot of stuff has to be proved out, but if all > goes right, these animals will display coherent, apparently goal-directed > behaviors in such a way that the most parsimonious explanation of what's > happening is that a new layer of "psychology" has emerged from the > computational substrate. > > Even if Steve fails, it is at least possible in principle to see how that > could happen. > > Happy new year!
If Steve fails, it will also be possible to see how that principle falls short in reality and bring functionalism to it's inevitable dead end. Craig -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.