Abstract: "The history of life can be viewed as the intelligent pursuit of novel sources of free energy. In order to perceive, encode, store, and process adaptive information, life exploits the benefits of collective information processing. I shall discuss principles of computation in collectives at a range of scales from the molecular and the social to the relatively recent condition of hybrid organismal and mechanical artifacts."
Biography: David C. Krakauer is the President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. He works on the evolution of intelligence and stupidity on earth. Whereas the first is admired but rare, the second is feared but common. He is the founder of the InterPlanetary Project at SFI and the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of the SFI Press.