String of Signs

Organic vs Inorganic Systems

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2009 at 6:58 pm

In a farewell to alms, Chapter 12, he points to Anthony Wrigley’s work,on the IR being the switch to inorganic production systems, and points out 3 features of organic systems.

1 .Is all outputs drawn from the system have to equal inputs.

2. Efficiency growth is negative, as other biological systems compete eg weeds vs agriculture.

3. Experiment to increase efficiency are difficult to carry out and observe.

Eric Drexler has a post up, referencing his 89 paper, where he describes the differences between the products of design, and the products of evolution.  ….

also “generate and test is a metaphor for all evolution” http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/users/gjs/6.945/readings/robust-systems.p

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