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About immersive selves and augmented reality
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The algorithmic origins of life

The algorithmic origins of life | The virtual life | Scoop.it

Here, we propose that the emergence of life may correspond to a physical transition associated with a shift in the causal structure, where information gains direct and context-dependent causal efficacy over the matter in which it is instantiated. Such a transition may be akin to more traditional physical transitions (e.g. thermodynamic phase transitions), with the crucial distinction that determining which phase (non-life or life) a given system is in requires dynamical information and therefore can only be inferred by identifying causal architecture.


Via Sakis Koukouvis
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Sakis Koukouvis's curator insight, December 21, 2012 5:11 AM

New thinking in how life might have arisen on a lifeless planet, by shifting emphasis to the origins of information control, rather than, for example, the onset of Darwinian evolution.


Watch a lecture from Dr. Walker, one of the authors (SETI Talks): http://youtu.be/dPiI4nYD0Vg

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Universal Illusion? Juan Maldacena's holographic universe

Universal Illusion? Juan Maldacena's holographic universe | The virtual life | Scoop.it

To make things clear - Maldacena's universe is not like the one we actually live in! It's a model, a toy universe, which comes complete with its own physics. It's a hologram because all the physical goings-on inside it can be described by a physical theory that's only defined on the boundary. What's more, it's a universe in which the gravity/quantum conundrum has been resolved completely: the boundary theory is purely quantum, it contains no gravity, but a being living in the interior will still experience gravity. Gravity in this universe is part of the holographic illusion.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Pradeep Banerjee, Sakis Koukouvis
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