Category: Comp. Sci. / Eng.

Are pseudogenes evidence of code libraries? (a speculative suggestion)

Intelligent Design is relatively new in its present form. Proponents often argue that there are features of biology that look like engineering, and in particular, that the programming of life, the DNA software that goes along with the cellular hardware, is analogous to the programming of computers. However, we haven’t yet been able to fully […] more

Human brain beats computers cold at visual search

But surely the point is that computer doesn’t NEED to find anything. more

Craig Venter: Life is robotic software. Well then, information isn’t material.

Principal fact: The same information can be conveyed by a blackboard, an email, skywriting or voice. more

Design Detection with Conditional Kolmogorov Complexity

Next up in the Engineering and Metaphysics series is a presentation by Winston Ewert. This one is on a new informatics metric, called conditional Kolmogorov complexity. Check it out! more

Integrating Non-physical Causation Into Cognitive Models

For the next installment of the Engineering and Metaphysics Conference Videos, we have a talk on setting up a testable line between physical and non-physical causation, as well as how one can integrate non-physical causation into models of cognitive processes. more

Supergeek Stephen Wolfram on “computational irreducibility”

“I tend to think that the concept of computational irreducibility is probably the answer to the philosophical debates of the past two thousand years about the relationship between free will and determinism.” more

Warning 50 years on: The machine has no brain; use your own

In fact, the machine needs no genuine intelligence because it is automating the work of a human being who has both intelligence and purpose. more

Are mind and brain really software and hardware?

Or is that an analogy that just doesn’t really work? more

Another reason why the human mind is not like a computer …

“Just when every successive wave of peers and rivals thinks they have got his number, Anand sees that one, all important, absolute move.” more

A reader’s thoughts on why computers don’t become human, even in media

“The character Data is a person in just the same way that every other character in literature is a person — and a human person, at that.” more

Why people beat computers: “It’s not being biological that helps, it’s being an agent …”

” All computer algorithms that ever have or ever will exist are the antithesis of agents. ” more

Swarms of gamers better than “inept” computer algorithms at matching up disease genes

And Data’s cat is training him just fine. See the vid. more

Trying to make a machine into a human isn’t really new, it turns out

“… paradoxically enough, this passion had less to do with philosophy than with blasphemy, hypochondria, and a cheerful and Frankensteinian hubris.” more

Baylor prof Robert Marks on evolutionary informatics

With special reference to ev, AVIDA, and WEASEL. more

Darwinian Speculation: The Antithesis of Legitimate Science

I work for a great company. I frequently ask for permission to be sent away for training in state-of-the-art computational technology — computer simulations that involve finite element analysis (FEA), Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian/Fluid Structure Interaction (ALE/FSI), and Navier-Stokes Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Today I spent the day with a group of brilliant students and a […] more

Science historian George Dyson: Life is whatever you define it to be

The next step might be the end of distinct species and the beginning of a more symbiotic life. more

New paper using the Avida “evolution” software shows …

… it doesn’t evolve. Remember when AVIDA proved Darwin right? These results provide evidence that low-impact mutations can present a substantial barrier to progressive evolution by natural selection. Understanding mutation is of primary importance, as selection depends on the mutational production of new genotypes. Numerous changes that would be beneficial may nevertheless fail to occur […] more

If the universe is at base computational, who is the programmer?

Judge rules DNA is unpatentable because it is INFORMATION not extracted chemicals

Judge Robert W. Sweet has turned the biotech patent industry into turmoil. See: After Patent on Genes Is Invalidated, Taking Stock By ANDREW POLLACK, March 30, 2010 Although patents are not granted on things found in nature, the DNA being patented had long been considered a chemical that was isolated from, and different from, what […] more

Winston Ewert — With pro-ID grad students like this, Darwinian profs don’t stand a chance

Graduate Student Challenges Avida in Scientific Paper   Click here to listen. On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Winston Ewert, a graduate student in computer science at Baylor University who recently co-authored a paper titled, “Evolutionary Synthesis of Nand Logic: Dissecting a Digital Organism,” in Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on […] more

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