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The role of the representational entity in physical computing

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ConferenceUCNC 2019, Tokyo, Japan, June 2019
Conference date(s)3/06/197/06/19
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DateE-pub ahead of print - 26 Apr 2019
DatePublished (current) - 2019
Number of pages13
Original languageEnglish


We have developed abstraction/representation (AR) theory to answer the question “When does a physical system compute?” AR theory requires the existence of a representational entity (RE), but the vanilla theory does not explicitly include the RE in its definition of physical computing. Here we extend the theory by showing how the RE forms a linked complementary model to the physical computing model, and demonstrate its use in the case of intrinsic computing in a non-human RE: a bacterium.

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