Local Activity, Memristor, and 137 - Leon Chua: 2016 International Conference on Rebooting Computing

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Leon Chua delivers a talk on local activity -- a principle of complexity that could lead to breakthroughs in self-organization, intelligence, and life itself in the computing world. From ICRC 2016.

Luminaries such as Boltzmann, Schrodinger, Turing, Prigogine, Smale, etc. have searched in vain for a missing principle of complexity that could explain self-organization, intelligence, and life itself. This talk presents a definitive mathematical solution, dubbed local activity, to this age-old enigma. Local activity is the long-sought holy grail of complexity, the elan vital of life! In high-tech parlance, the principle of local activity asserts that no computers, smart phones, brain-like machines, etc., can be built without using locally-active building blocks. In spite of its deep mathematical proof, a simple sophomore-level algorithm is available for testing whether a device is locally active, as well as for massaging the device's parameters into a Goldilock's zone of local activity. Local activity is a necessary but not sufficient condition for complexity. To build a brain-like machine, and ultimately to create life itself, an enabling building block, dubbed the memristor, must be commissioned. Together, local activity, and the memristor, are sufficient to build a universal Turing machine, including a humble but no less potent cellular automata with the endearing moniker 137.

Leon Chua delivers a talk on local activity -- a principle of complexity that could lead to breakthroughs in self-organization, intelligence, and life itself in the computing world. From ICRC 2016.

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