Monday, April 17, 2006


Steve Burbeck on multicellular computing:

Jon Udell: A conversation with Steve Burbeck: "Steve identifies four themes from biology that he thinks might usefully translate to information technology: specialization, polymorphic messaging, stigmergy, and apoptosis. At least two of these terms may be unfamiliar to you, as they were to me. Stigmergy, Wikipedia currently says, is 'a method of communication in emergent systems in which the individual parts of the system communicate with one another by modifying their local environment.' Apoptosis is cell suicide."

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