Life as Algorithm

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This chapter uncovers the complex negotiations for authority in various representations about futures of life which have been advanced by different branches of the sciences, and have culminated in the emerging concept of life as algorithm. It charts the historical shifts in expertise and representations of life, from naturalists, to mathematical mod­ellers, and specialists in computation, and argues that physicists, game theorists, and economists now take a leading role in explaining and projecting futures of life. The chap­ter identifies Richard Dawkins and Max Tegmark at the forefront of the concept of life as algorithm: the first inspired by game theory as a means to study evolution; the second proposing that a materialist basis of life could place humans and artificial intelligence on an equal footing. Through close reading of their respective texts, the chapter demon­strates that both thinkers consider life as an algorithm programmed to achieve success in survival and reproduction
Titel på värdpublikationFutures : Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature
RedaktörerSandra Kemp, Jenny Andersson
FörlagOxford University Press
Utgivningsdatumfeb. 2021
ISBN (tryckt)9780198806820
StatusPublicerad - feb. 2021
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok


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