Your computer could be sitting alone and still be completely outnumbered for your operating system is home to millions of tiny passengers – chemlambda molecules.
The programs making the operating system of your computer are made up of around ten million code lines, but you harbour a hundred million artificial life molecular beings. For every code line in your ancient windows OS, there are 100 virtual bacterial ones. This is your ‘microbiome’ OS and it has a huge impact on your social life, your ability to interact with the Internet of Things and more. The way you use your computer, in turn, affect them. Everything from the forums we visit to the way we use the Internet for our decentralized computations influences the species of bacteria that take up residence in our individual mocrobiome OS.
Text adapted from the article Microbiome: Your Body Houses 10x More Bacteria Than Cells, which I found by reading this G+ post by Lacerant Plainer.
This is a first example of a post which would respond to the challenge from Alife vs AGI. For commodity of the reader I reproduce it further:
In this post I want to propose a challenge. What I have in mind, rather vague but might be fun, would be to develop through exchanges a “what if” world, where, for example, not AI is the interesting thing when it comes about computers, but artificial biology. Not consciousness, but metabolism, not problem solving, but survival. Also related to the IoT which is a bridge between two worlds. Now, the virtual world could be as alive as the real one. Alive in the Avida sense, in the sense that it might be like a jungle, with self-reproducing, metabolic artificial beings occupying all virtual niches, beings which are designed by humans, for various purposes. The behaviour of these virtual creatures is not limited to the virtual, due to the IoT bridge. Think that if I can play a game in a virtual world (i.e. interact both ways with a virtual world) then why not a virtual creature can’t interact with the real world? Humans and social manipulations included.
If you start to think about this possibility, then it looks a bit like this. OK, let’s write such autonomous, decentralized, self sustained computations to achieve a purpose. May be any purpose which can be achieved by computation, be it secure communications, money replacements, or low level AI city management. What stop others to write their creatures, one for example for the fun of it, of writing across half of the world the name Justin by building at right GPS coordinates sticks with small mirrors on top, so that from orbit all shine the pixels of that name. Recall the IoT bridge and the many effects in the real world which can be achieved by really distributed, but cooperative computations and human interactions. Next: why don’t write a virus to get rid of all these distributed jokes of programs which run low level in all phones, antennas and fridges? A virus to kill those viruses. A super quick self-reproducer to occupy as much as possible of the cheap computing capabilities. A killer of it. And so on. A seed, like in Neal Stephenson, only that the seed is not real, but virtual, and it does not work on nanotechnology, but on any technology connected to the net via IoT.
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