Originally posted by prodangle
This story could be very interesting. If only I was clever enough to know what the hell Stephen Wolfram's talking about ...
Wow... that's some pretty remarkable stuff. For anybody who is interested in artificial life/intelligence, I highly suggest you research Conway's Game of Life (look in Yahoo's groups... AI is somewhere in there), and other games which manufacture cellular automata. The Game of Life essentially is mock universe existing within an infinitely large checkerboard. Cells are placed on squares according to a set of rules. These rules regulate the life and death cycles of the universe. Over time, patterns will emerge, forming various complex designs. Thus, from unicellular organisms, multicellular "animals" arise.
Wolfram is proposing that rather base the study of scientific phenomenon on mathematical and physical rules, we study the patterns and rules of cellular automata. Throw away your calculator, because the science of tommorow is organic.