A theory of computational implementation

@article{Rescorla2013ATO,
  title={A theory of computational implementation},
  author={Michael Rescorla},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2013},
  volume={191},
  pages={1277-1307}
}
I articulate and defend a new theory of what it is for a physical system to implement an abstract computational model. According to my descriptivist theory, a physical system implements a computational model just in case the model accurately describes the system. Specifically, the system must reliably transit between computational states in accord with mechanical instructions encoded by the model. I contrast my theory with an influential approach to computational implementation espoused by… CONTINUE READING

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