Computation by Bacteria
Final rept. 1 Feb 2008-31 Oct 2009
PRINCETON UNIV NJ
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This work started with our original work of the invention of Micro-Habitat Patches MHP which allowed us to create on a silicon wafer a complex world of interacting communities with differing conditions. One can view this collection of microhabitats as a giant optimization problem where local and global fitness compete with one another. Living organisms, at least at the lower levels such as bacteria, are not viewed as computers or as capable of solving problems based on algorithms. Yet, they do form a collective problem solving entity as viewed from an evolutionary perspective. The problems solved by bacteria differ qualitatively from the problems normally solved by computers, and in some respects are actually much harder.
- Numerical Mathematics