Fwd: CFP: Biological Models of Computing
- I 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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