Talk for Dagstuhl Seminar
Mechanisms Of Ongoing Development in Cognitive Robotics
10-15 Feb 2013
Slides for presentation added after workshop here (PDF):
How could a planet, condensed from a cloud of dust, have produced minds -- and
products of minds, along with microbes, mice, monkeys, mathematics, music, marmite,
murder, megalomania, and all other forms and products of life on earth (and possibly
I'll introduce the ambitious, multi-disciplinary Meta-Morphogenesis project, partly
inspired by Turing's 1952 paper on morphogenesis. It may lead to an answer, by
identifying the many transitions between different types and mechanisms of biological
information processing, including transitions that changed the mechanisms of change,
altering forms of evolution, development, learning, culture and ecosystem dynamics.
One of the questions raised is whether chemical information-processing exceeds the
powers of Turing machines and modern computers.
DRAFT -- TO BE EXPANDED
For more information about the Meta-Morphogenesis project see:
The development of offline intelligence in young children, and possibly other animals.
Relevance of the work of Annette Karmiloff-Smith
Towards a theory and comprehensive collection, of types of transition in biological
information processing, in evolution, development, learning, stigmergy, social behaviours,
cultures, ecosystems, ...
A partial index of discussion notes is in http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cogaff/misc/AREADME.html
School of Computer Science
The University of Birmingham