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The algorithmic origins of life

The algorithmic origins of life | The virtual life |

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
Sakis Koukouvis's curator insight, December 21, 2012 8:11 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):

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Emergence of the Human 'SuperBrain' 75,000 Years Ago

Emergence of the Human 'SuperBrain' 75,000 Years Ago | The virtual life |

If the human race manages to redesign itself, to reduce or eliminate the risk of self-destruction, we will probably reach out to the stars and colonize other planets. 



Via Sakis Koukouvis, Yvan Marechal
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