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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-32621-6-ch079
Pages 490-497
First published 30 July 2014

Chemlambda, universality and self-multiplication

Marius Buliga and Louis H. Kauffman

Abstract (Excerpt)

We present chemlambda (or the chemical concrete machine), an artificial chemistry with the following properties: (a) is Turing complete, (b) has a model of decentralized, distributed computing associated to it, (c) works at the level of individual (artificial) molecules, subject of reversible, but otherwise deterministic interactions with a small number of enzymes, (d) encodes information in the geometrical structure of the molecules and not in their numbers, (e) all interactions are purely local in space and time. This is part of a larger project to create computing, artificial chemistry and artificial life in a distributed context, using topological and graphical languages.