Preliminary steps toward artificial protocell computation
McMullin, Barry and Kelly, Ciarán 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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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”.
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