Bio-inspired Computing Machines

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Wed Mar 21 2001 - 12:38:58 MST

Bio-inspired Computing Machines
Toward Novel Computational Architectures
This volume, written by experts in the field, gives a modern, rigorous and
unified presentation of the application of biological concepts to the
design of novel computing machines and algorithms. While science has as
its fundamental goal the understanding of Nature, the engineering
disciplines attempt to use this knowledge to the ultimate benefit of
Mankind. Over the past few decades this gap has narrowed to some extent. A
growing group of scientists has begun engineering artificial worlds to
test and probe their theories, while engineers have turned to Nature,
seeking inspiration in its workings to construct novel systems. The
organization of living beings is a powerful source of ideas for computer
scientists and engineers. This book studies the construction of machines
and algorithms based on natural processes: biological evolution, which
gives rise to genetic algorithms, cellular development, which leads to
self-replicating and self-repairing machines, and the nervous system in
living beings, which serves as the underlying motivation for artificial
learning systems, such as neural networks.

Stay hungry,

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will

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