Computing as Science


My last post referred to the TEDx talk given a few weeks ago at the University of Texas at Dallas. The subject was "Computing Everywhere." This talk was based on a paper I wrote for the 2014 ACM SIGSIM-PADS conference recently held in Denver. The paper entitled "Computing as Model-Based Empirical Science" can now be found in the ACM Digital Library. To see computing everywhere, or to see it as a science like physics or biology, the first step is to distinguish "computing" from "computer." Computing is based on information structures and processes. Computers use whatever technologies are available (since the 1940s, electricity and electronics) to facilitate computing. The argument for the Universe as a Computer, under the name Digital Physics, is a related hypothesis although at a finer level of granularity.

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