The Von Neumann
Self-reproducing Architecture,
Genetic Relativism and Evolvability

Barry McMullin
Research Institute in Networks and
Communications Engineering (RINCE)

Dublin City University

ALife VII: August 2000
Evolvability Workshop
(FoilTeX Presentation)

Evolvability--of what?

Degeneration of Complexity (Engineering)


Growth of Complexity (Biology)


Von Neumann's Solution?
The General Constructive Automaton


\begin{displaymath}((u_0 \oplus i) \oplus d(u_0 \oplus i)) \leadsto
((u_0 \oplus i) \oplus d(u_0 \oplus i)) \end{displaymath}

How General is ``General''?


Alternative: Genetic Relativism?



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