An Information Theory Approach to Life

by Stephen Paul King

September 4, 1994

 A model of "organic" behavior in the Information theory context.

 Given a semi-dynamical system operating on data (encoded in whatever form in its space of configurations), such a system would display self-organization if:

E1/E0 < 1  -> semi-dynamical "irreversible"
E1/E0 = 1  ->  dynamical "reversible"

(E0) is the initial condition and (E1) is the final condition.

A) The ratio of input to output data entropy is less that 1 in an iterated or otherwise dynamic system.

Es(in) -> [Sys] -> Es(out)
B) There is some form of information "flux" ( a flow) such that there is some form of alteration in the data possible, e.g. The data's entropy must be capable of increase. This seems to give a "gradient" quantity. This involves some form of potential.

 C) There is some qualitative distinction between the "dataflux" and the cyberoid. This amounts to the cyberoid's ability to distinguish self from not self. This would define the "boundary conditions".

 D) The cyberoid must be capable of replicating it self, e.g. It must contain the means to both internaly model itself and of constructing some version of said model externally to itself. This may involve many different methods. This appears to be a mapping or transfer quantity or operation.

 E) There must be some form of recursion (or iterative) operation to allow for the retention of form, e.g. a memory -this is connected to the self modeling ability - This allow for heuristic behavior. This is a long term pattern capable of expantion yet stable to some degree.

 F) There must be a capacity for mutation; but need it be distinct from the "metabolism" randomizing?

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