Heinz von Foerster and Early Research in the Field of Pattern Recognition at the Biological Computer Laboratory

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This paper deals with the early phase of research in the field of pattern recognition in the 1960s using Heinz von Foerster’s Biological Computer Laboratory (BCL) as an example. In a first step, the foundation, rise and decline of the BCL are outlined. Subsequently, three machines will be presented that were expected to model the natural phenomenon of pattern. Finally, the suggestion is made to refer to these biological computers as “lively artifacts” and to understand their observation as an integral aspect of their mode of operation.

TitelComputer Aided Systems Theory – EUROCAST 2019 - 17th International Conference, Revised Selected Papers : 17th International Conference, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, February 17–22, 2019, Revised Selected Papers, Part I
HerausgeberRoberto Moreno-Díaz, Franz Pichler, Alexis Quesada-Arencibia
Anzahl der Seiten7
VerlagSpringer International Publishing AG
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-45092-2, 978-3-030-45094-6
ISBN (elektronisch)978-3-030-45093-9
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 15.04.2020
Veranstaltung17th International Conference on Computer Aided Systems Theory - 2019: International Conference on Computer Aided Systems Theory - Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spanien
Dauer: 17.02.201922.02.2019
Konferenznummer: 17