193Fwd: CFP: Biological Models of Computing
- Dec 13, 2001I thought the Feyerabend group would be interested in this
CFP, as well as the larger conference in which it is
embedded. I'm planning on being there, and it's just a
few days after the Feyerabend Santa Fe workshop. (In fact,
I pitched a session that reports the results from Santa Fe.)
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From: Clay Shirky <clay@...>
12/04/2001 06:00 PM
Subject: CFP: Biological Models of Computing
To the attendees of the Biological Models of Computing Bof:
In part because of the strong BoF turnout at the P2P Conference,
O'Reilly has a "Biological Models of Computing" track at the E-Tech
conference in April of next year.
The Call for Participation is at:
The conference is devoted to many sorts of emerging technologies, on
the theory that cross-fertilization is best accomplished early. The
thesis behind the Biological Models track is roughly
� Biological processes solve hard problems in ways that are worth
�emulating (viz genetic algorithms) if not adopting outright (viz DNA
This would include work that uses Biology as Model, and Biology as
Hardware, defiend below:
� Biology as Model: This covers attempts to make computing systems
�acheive the same effects as biological systems by using biological
�models for the process, as with genetic algorithms, neural networks
�or, more recently Eric Bonabeau's ants.
� Biology as Hardware: Using biological systems as computing systems,
�as with using DNA to arrive at a close approximation of a solution
�to the Postman's problem.
If you or anyone you know is working on these issues, *please* submit
or encourage them to submit a response to the CFP.
Hope to see you in Santa Clara in April,
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