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Harness the Nature for Computation

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Natural computing investigates and models computational techniques inspired by nature and attempts to understand natural phenomena as information processing. In this position paper, we consider harness the nature for computation, from the perspective of natural computing. We investigated facsimile computational models of self- organization in nature, and identified dissipation of information flow as a common mechanism, where intermediate information is produced through interactions and consumed through evoking novel interactions. Based on this mechanism, we propose the concept of a harness: an indirect controlling method for natural systems. We realize this concept through a computational model, and discuss how this concept has already been successfully applied in medical and ecological science.


  • Harness
  • Dissipation of Information
  • Self-organization


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Suzuki, Y. (2013). Harness the Nature for Computation. In: Suzuki, Y., Nakagaki, T. (eds) Natural Computing and Beyond. Proceedings in Information and Communications Technology, vol 6. Springer, Tokyo.

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