[SydPhil] UOW Philosophy Seminar: Rachael Brown, "Re-use and evolvability"

Patrick McGivern patrickm at uow.edu.au
Fri Mar 31 09:38:46 AEDT 2017

UOW Philosophy is pleased to have Dr. Rachael Brown speaking at its Philosophy Research Seminar series on April 5th. All are welcome.

Title: Re-use and evolvability

When: Wednesday, April 5th, 3:30-5:00
Where: Building 19, room 2072 (LHA Research HUB), UOW main campus

Abstract: Re-use as a design principle is central to understanding and explaining complex systems in the biological world and building better human-made dynamic systems. The re-use of old materials for new purposes leaves its mark on the design and features of systems in many ways. For instance, the former function of a re-used element of a system can constrain its future use.  In this paper, I explore the ways in which biological systems can be structured so as to enable re-use and the impacts of this on the ability of those systems to change over time.

The main seminar will be followed by an undergraduate Philosophy Forum event, discussing the question "Is artificial intelligence possible?"

Upcoming UOW Philosophy events:

April 19th: Tuomas Tahko

May 10th: Andrew Dunstall

May 24th: Neil Levy

Dr. Patrick McGivern
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Wollongong
patrickm at uow.edu.au

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