ALIFE XII Paper: “(M,R) Systems and RAF Sets: Common Ideas, Tools and Projections”

Published recently in the Artificial Life XII Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems [1]. The abstract: There are deep underlying similarities between Rosen’s (M,R) systems as a definition of life and the RAF sets (Reflexive Autocatalytic systems generated by a Food source) … Continue reading

Nadin: “Anticipation and the artificial: aesthetics, ethics, and synthetic life”

Published recently in in AI & Society [1]. The abstract: If complexity is a necessary but not sufficient premise for the existence and expression of the living, anticipation is the distinguishing characteristic of what is alive. Anticipation is at work even at levels of existence where we cannot refer to … Continue reading

Mikulecky paper: “Even More than Life Itself: Beyond Complexity”

Published online recently and to be included in an upcoming issue of Axiomathes [1]. The abstract: This essay is an attempt to construct an artificial dialog loosely modeled after that sought by Robert Maynard Hutchins who was a significant influence on many of us including and especially Robert Rosen. The … Continue reading

Anticipatory Systems-themed special issue of foresight journal

The journal foresight, an international bi-monthly journal concerned with the study of the future, has published a special issue [1] on Rosennean anticipatory systems. This issue is the result of a 2008 FuMee (“Future Meetings”): Understanding Anticipatory Systems [2].   References: [1] Miller, R. (ed.), Poli, R. (ed.). 2010. Special … Continue reading

Paper: “Closure to efficient causation, computability and artificial life”

I missed the publication of this last month. The abstract [1]: The major insight in Robert Rosen’s view of a living organism as an (M,R)-system was the realization that an organism must be “closed to efficient causation”, which means that the catalysts needed for its operation must be generated internally. … Continue reading