Facing N-P Problems via Artificial Life: A Philosophical Appraisal
6 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 8, 2016
Life as an N-P problem is a philosophical, scientific and engineering concern. N-P problems can be understood and worked out via artificial life. However, these problems demand a new understanding of engineering, since engineering is basically a way of acting upon the world. Such a new engineering is known as non-conventional engineering or also as complex systems engineering. Bio-inspired systems are more flexible and allow a higher number of degrees of freedom. As a consequence, AL enlarges our understanding of living systems in general and can be taken as a step forwards in grasping the complexity of life.
Keywords: Complexity, N-P Problems, Non-conventional Engineering, Non-Conventional Computing, Living Systems, Heuristics, Experimentation
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