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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer 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
EditorsRoberto Moreno-Díaz, Franz Pichler, Alexis Quesada-Arencibia
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Publication date15.04.2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-45092-2, 978-3-030-45094-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-45093-9
Publication statusPublished - 15.04.2020
Event17th 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, Spain
Duration: 17.02.201922.02.2019
Conference number: 17