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Alan Turing’s Legacy: Info-Computational Philosophy of Nature
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (IS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9881-400X
2012 (English)In: Natural Computing/Unconventional Computing and its Philosophical Significance / [ed] Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic and Raffaela Giovagnoli, The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour , 2012, p. 56-59Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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Alan Turing’s pioneering work on computability, and his ideas on morphological computing support Andrew Hodges’ view of Turing as a natural philosopher. Turing’s natural philosophy differs importantly from Galileo’s view that the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics (The Assayer, 1623). Computing is more than a language of nature as computation produces real time physical behaviors. This article presents the framework of Natural Info-computationalism as a contemporary natural philosophy that builds on the legacy of Turing’s computationalism. Info-computationalism is a synthesis of Informational Structural Realism (the view that nature is a web of informational structures) and Natural Computationalism (the view that nature physically computes its own time development). It presents a framework for the development of a unified approach to nature, with common interpretation of inanimate nature as well as living organisms and their social networks. Computing is understood as information processing that drives all the changes on different levels of organization of information and can be modeled as morphological computing on data sets pertinent to informational structures. The use of infocomputational conceptualizations, models and tools makes possible for the first time in history the study of complex selforganizing adaptive systems, including basic characteristics and functions of living systems, intelligence, and cognition.

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The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour , 2012. p. 56-59
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-17280Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84893201676ISBN: 978-1-908187-24-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-17280DiVA, id: diva2:579611
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AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012: Natural Computing/Unconventional Computing and Its Philosophical Significance, Part of Alan Turing Year 2012; Birmingham; United Kingdom; 2 July 2012 through 6 July 2012
Available from: 2012-12-20 Created: 2012-12-20 Last updated: 2014-02-24Bibliographically approved

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