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Nature as a Network of Morphological Infocomputational Processes for Cognitive Agents
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9881-400X
2017 (English)In: The European Physical Journal Special Topics, ISSN 1951-6355, E-ISSN 1951-6401, Vol. 226, no 2, 181-195 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a view of nature as a network of infocomputational agents organized in a dynamical hierarchy of levels. It provides a framework for unification of currently disparate understandings of natural, formal, technical, behavioral and social phenomena based on information as a structure, differences in one system that cause the differences in another system, and computation as its dynamics, i.e. physical process of morphological change in the informational structure. We address some of the frequent misunderstandings regarding the natural/morphological computational models and their relationships to physical systems, especially cognitive systems such as living beings. Natural morphological infocomputation as a conceptual framework necessitates generalization of models of computation beyond the traditional Turing machine model presenting symbol manipulation, and requires agent-based concurrent resource-sensitive models of computation in order to be able to cover the whole range of phenomena from physics to cognition. The central role of agency, particularly material vs. cognitive agency is highlighted.

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Heidelberg, Germany: Springer , 2017. Vol. 226, no 2, 181-195 p.
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Morphological computing, emergent properties, cognition, infocomputation, computing nature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35429DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2016-60362-9ISI: 000394358200004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85008429803OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-35429DiVA: diva2:1105857
Available from: 2017-06-05 Created: 2017-06-05 Last updated: 2017-06-05Bibliographically approved

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