University of Washington Seminar Series: Dr. Sara Walker

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University of Washington Seminar Series: Dr. Sara Walker

Time: October 23, 2012 from 3pm to 4pm
Location: University of Washington
Website or Map: http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/u…
Event Type: online, seminar
Organized By: Mike Toillion
Latest Activity: Oct 24, 2012

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"The Algorithmic Origins of Life"

Presenter: Dr. Sara Walker

When: 10/23/12 3PM Pacific time

The origin of life is arguably one of the greatest unanswered questions in science. A primary challenge is that without a proper definition for life – a notoriously challenging problem in its own right – the problem of how life began is not well posed. Here we propose that the transition from non-life to life may correspond to a fundamental shift in causal structure, where information gains direct, and context-dependent, causal efficacy over matter, a transition that may be mapped to a nontrivial distinction in how living systems process information. We discuss potential measures of such a transition, which may be amenable to laboratory study, and how the proposed mechanism corresponds to the onset of the unique mode of (algorithmic) information processing characteristic of living systems.


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Comment by Britney Schmidt on October 24, 2012 at 3:09pm

That was baller!! :)

Comment by Mike Toillion on October 23, 2012 at 12:20pm
Yes, you can find the recording at the NAI link provided above after the event. Thanks!
Comment by Mrinalini Nikrad on October 23, 2012 at 12:03pm

Will there be a recording of this talk posted somewhere at a later date? 

Comment by Mike Toillion on October 22, 2012 at 4:20pm

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