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Chris Aldrich

There's some potentially dangerous emergent behavior here that needs discussion: Facebook, 2016 election https://trackchanges.postlight.com/facebook-2016-election-4bbda7d33727#.l2tgzwp6l

Chris Aldrich

[1409.0590] Information-theoretic considerations concerning the origin of life

Research investigating the origins of life usually focuses on exploring possible life-bearing chemistries in the pre-biotic Earth, or else on synthetic approaches. Little work has been done exploring fundamental issues concerning the spontaneous emergence of life using only concepts (such as information and evolution) that are divorced from any particular chemistry. Here, I advocate studying the probability of spontaneous molecular self-replication as a function of the information contained in the replicator, and the environmental conditions that might enable this emergence. I show that (under certain simplifying assumptions) the probability to discover a self-replicator by chance depends exponentially on the rate of formation of the monomers. If the rate at which monomers are formed is somewhat similar to the rate at which they would occur in a self-replicating polymer, the likelihood to discover such a replicator by chance is increased by many orders of magnitude. I document such an increase in searches for a self-replicator within the digital life system avida

Chris Aldrich

Chris Aldrich

Checked into Home Depot

picking up some lye; looked for some gaskets

Chris Aldrich

Chris Aldrich

Chris Aldrich

It's been foggy for days, but it's so thick right now, I'm tempted to go for a swim...

Chris Aldrich

Checked into In-n-Out Burger

Let's be honest, everyone knows what in doing here...

Chris Aldrich

Chris Aldrich

Checked into Eagle Rock Branch Los Angeles Public Library

Some linguistics and light entertainment today.