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# Biological Framings of Problems in Computing

## Santa Fe Institute

## April 17-19, 2002

In 1900, one of the most distinguished mathematicians of the
day, David Hilbert gave a lecture in Paris looking ahead to the
new century in mathematics and attempting to define the areas
in which future developments would lie. He said:

*We know that every age has its own problems, which the
following age either solves or casts aside as profitless and
replaces by new ones. If we would obtain an idea of the probable
development of mathematical knowledge in the future, we must
... look over the problems which the science of today sets and
whose solution we expect from the future.*

Hilbert went on to list twenty-three such problems. Some were
specific mathematical problems, others more general questions.
The remarkable things about these problems were the breadth of
mathematics covered and the effect they have had on modern mathematics.
A couple were trivial, but the others generated whole new branches
of the subject in the efforts made to solve them or to show that
they were insoluble.

From April 17-19, 2002, at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa
Fe, New Mexico, we will hold a workshop to begin to define a set
of significant computing problems - like Hilbert's - for the next
age, aimed at concretely exploring biological metaphors for computing
and at guiding computing research and development for the next
100 years

These biological framings would include such things as treating
software creation as a process of genetically guided growth, explaining
software operation as a combination of homeostasis and autopoiesis,
and characterizing software behavior as adaptive and emergent.

Attendance is by invitation only, and selection is based on
a submitted draft of a problem statement. The following is an
example of a possible problem statement:

*Create a nontrivial software system on the same order of
complexity as a simple text editor all of whose observable symptoms
of failure are attempts by the system at self-repair.*

To apply for the workshop, please send a problem statement
and a short biography to feyerabend@dreamsongs.com
by February 15, 2002.

**Applications Closed**