"Computational Autopoetics" is a term I just coined to denote applying basic
of autopoetics to the field of comp. You mathematicians are free to do it more
than I can. I cannot guarantee that the idea hasn't already been exploited, but
seen no indication of that.
The idea is this: that we borrow a basic characteristic of autopoetics, namely
that life is
essentially not a thing but the act of creation. This means that we define
life as the creative act of generating structure from some input data. By this
pramatic definition, it is not necessarily the structure that is produced that
is alive, but
life consists of the act of creating structure from assumedly structureless
Life is not a creation, but instead is the act of creation.
If life is such a creative act rather than a creation, then it seems to fit
I have been postulating as the basic inseparable ingredients of life:
and free will. Intelligence is what is required to create structure (an
this algorithm must be free within its own domain to create structure.
Consciousness is a necessity
for such intelligence and this would consist essentially of the reading or
input data to work on.
The engine of life might then be modelled as
a) reading input data (consciousness)
b) computationally (intelligently) creating structure from this data
(this being the act of life), and
c) outputting structures of some kind.
In a Maxwell Demon,
a) The demon reads random (hot or cold) input temperature data of atoms Ti.
b) Selects data according to some criterion ( Ti < Tcold goes into A, the
and Ti > Tcold data goes into goes into bin B).
c) The output structure consists of data i n A, the cold bin, and B, the warm
So we have (input data ID of some kind) --> (structure creation SC of some
kind) ---> (output structure OS of some kind)
So the overall engine consists of three to-be-specified parts:
1) ID (which could be random or OS or some modification of it)
2) Stucture creating SC algorithm of some kind
3) Output structure OS of some kind.
By this means, one could define different levels of structure as products of
creation algorithms, the lowest form of life perhaps being the Maxwell
Higher levels of life would have perhaps cellular structeres, etc.
This engine could then be of multiple types of components.
There out to be some correleation perhaps between input and out put.
It might be a convolution integral.
There might be a parallel or serial of such engines
The actual creation of life might be the creation of an algorithm or structure
more creation algorithms.
Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen
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