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The Viability of the Strong Artificial Life Hypothesis

Author/​Artist:
Schwartz, Jonathan [Browse]
Format:
Senior thesis
Language:
English
Advisor(s):
Harman, Gilbert [Browse]
Department:
Princeton University. Department of Philosophy [Browse]
Class year:
2014
Description:
33
Summary note:
Could software ever be considered alive? This is a question that has received far too little philosophical or scientific scrutiny. The claim that appropriately designed machine code is living—and not in a metaphorical sense but in the literal sense used in biology—is known as the thesis of strong artificial life. In contrast, the thesis of weak artificial life takes the stance that such software can amount to nothing more than simulations of life itself. This paper aims to develop an acceptable theory and ontology of living things and, against these, tests the viability of strong artificial life.