The evolution of emergent computation.

@article{Crutchfield1995TheEO,
  title={The evolution of emergent computation.},
  author={James P. Crutchfield and Mark Mitchell},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1995},
  volume={92 23},
  pages={10742-6}
}
A simple evolutionary process can discover sophisticated methods for emergent information processing in decentralized spatially extended systems. The mechanisms underlying the resulting emergent computation are explicated by a technique for analyzing particle-based logic embedded in pattern-forming systems. Understanding how globally coordinated computation can emerge in evolution is relevant both for the scientific understanding of natural information processing and for engineering new forms… CONTINUE READING
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