The visions of Drexler and others of molecular nanotechnology will be realised sometime. The vision is appealing — trillions of tiny autonomous machines creating useful products or cleaning up after us, using the collective effects of some minimal built-in functionality. However, the nightmare scenarios are ever present: a pollution buster that goes rogue… (More)
We consider models of emergence, adding downward causa-tion to conventional models where causation permeates from low-level elements to high-level behaviour. We describe an architecture and prototype simulation medium for tagging and modelling emergent features in CA-like systems. This is part of ongoing work on engineering emergence.
We propose a framework for engineering emergent behaviour that allows system specification and design at the level of the emergence. We discuss how rule migration can be used to translate this high-level multi-layer design (mobile process model) into an equivalent simple cellular automaton model with only local rules, and emergent behaviour. In this paper,… (More)
We propose a framework for engineering emergent behaviour that allows system specification and design at the level of the emergence. We discuss how rule migration can be used to translate this high-level multi-layer design (mobile process model) into a simple cellular automaton model with only local rules, from which the behaviour can be described as… (More)
We propose a multi-layer architecture for simulating emergent properties. This is implemented as a form of cellular automaton at the lowest layer, with mobile processes to represent objects at multiple upper layers. This architecture supports multiple levels of emergence.
This thesis describes a framework for designing emergent behaviour. The framework is comprised of a simulation architecture, a rule migration process, and a rule combination language. Desired emergent behaviour is specified using a multi-level model which describes the behaviour at the appropriate level in the emergence hierarchy, using downward causation… (More)