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Preliminary steps toward artificial protocell computation

McMullin, Barry and Kelly, Ciaran and O'Brien, Darragh and Mitchell, George G. and Decraene, James (2007) Preliminary steps toward artificial protocell computation. In: International Conference on Morphological Computation, 26-28 March 2007, Venice, Italy.

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Abstract

Protocells are hypothesised as a transitional phase in the origin of life, prior to the evolution of fully functional prokaryotic cells. The work reported here is being done in the context of the PACE project, which is investigating the fabrication of artificial protocells de novo. We consider here the important open question of whether or how articifial protocells (if or when they are successfully fabricated) might be applied as “computing” devices—what sort of computing might they be suitable for, and how might they be “programmed”? We also present some preliminary analysis of a crude model of such “evolutionary protocell computation”.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Refereed:Yes
Subjects:Engineering > Artificial life
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Electronic Engineering
Research Initiatives and Centres > Research Institute for Networks and Communications Engineering (RINCE)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Proceedings of the International Conference on Morphological Computation 2007. . European Center for Living Technology.
Publisher:European Center for Living Technology
Official URL:http://morphcomp.org
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:4691
Deposited On:10 Jul 2009 13:20 by James Decraene. Last Modified 10 Jul 2009 13:20

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