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


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