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

DARPA’s BioDesign plan

From Popular Science and Wired, DARPA is budgeting six million dollars on a rather frightening program called “BioDesign” [1]: BioDesign is a new intellectual approach to biological functionality. The intrinsic concept is that by using gained knowledge of biological processes in combination with biotechnology and synthetic chemical technology, humans can … Continue reading