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Molecular Information Technology
Molecular Information Technology
Matter is animate if and only if it uses information processing to persist. My definition of life places primary importance on the computation any organism is required to continuously perform just to maintain its own complex material organization in a living state. In this real-time struggle against entropy evolution yielded information processing capabilities of formidable efficiency. The success of this molecular level computation is apparent in the marvellous architectures seen throughout biology. With laboratory experiments ranging from self-assembly and semi-biotic robotics to wet artificial neuronal networks based on Belousov Zhabotinsky medium compartmentalized in lipid coated droplets I illustrate how aspects of the molecular information processing inherent to all living systems may eventually be harvested for man-made technology. It is my view that adding molecular information technology to our engineering toolbox will allow us to overcome the complexity limit faced by synthetic chemistry and will lead to technology revolution that rivals the advent of organic chemistry.
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Zauner, Klaus-Peter
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Zauner, Klaus-Peter (2015) Molecular Information Technology. Algorithmic Cheminformatics (Dagstuhl Seminar 14452). p. 37 .

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Abstract

Matter is animate if and only if it uses information processing to persist. My definition of life places primary importance on the computation any organism is required to continuously perform just to maintain its own complex material organization in a living state. In this real-time struggle against entropy evolution yielded information processing capabilities of formidable efficiency. The success of this molecular level computation is apparent in the marvellous architectures seen throughout biology. With laboratory experiments ranging from self-assembly and semi-biotic robotics to wet artificial neuronal networks based on Belousov Zhabotinsky medium compartmentalized in lipid coated droplets I illustrate how aspects of the molecular information processing inherent to all living systems may eventually be harvested for man-made technology. It is my view that adding molecular information technology to our engineering toolbox will allow us to overcome the complexity limit faced by synthetic chemistry and will lead to technology revolution that rivals the advent of organic chemistry.

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Published date: 3 March 2015
Venue - Dates: Algorithmic Cheminformatics (Dagstuhl Seminar 14452), 2015-03-03
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377360
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Date deposited: 21 May 2015 18:47
Last modified: 30 Sep 2017 00:53

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Author: Klaus-Peter Zauner

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