Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Bacteria and “natural” computers

zusesthesisPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-05-08]: Magnet-making bacteria (which eat iron and create small magnets inside them!) may be building biological computers of the future, researchers have said [source: BBC News]. If a PC is made from bacteria, is it “artificial” or “natural” ? The problems of definition at its best: what would we say if our best so far accomplishment – computers – are found everywhere “free” in nature?

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