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August 31, 2009

From: Interview by Kaustubh Katdare, CrazyEngineers

What discoveries have you made about the origins of complexity?

I started exploring the computational universe, looking at what very simple computer programs do. One might have thought that simple programs would always just do simple things. But to my great surprise, my computer experiments showed that that isn’t the case. Out in the computational universe, it’s easy to get complexity. And I think that’s why nature does it so much, and how we can create technology that uses it.

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