Workshop on Self-sustaining Systems (S3) 2010

September 27-28, 2010
The University of Tokyo, Japan

Invited talks

Takashi Ikegami    Takashi Ikegami (The University of Tokyo)

It is time for bringing artificial life in silico into the real world. Different from the artificially simulated environment, the real world prepares many unexpected encounters of complexities, and living systems are essentially adaptive to the real world complexities. An agent has to deal with various kinds of sensory flows simultaneously, but sustaining its own identity and autonomy on the other. In this talk, we introduce our recent project on making a special machine that self-organizes its own “subjective” timescape in the open environment. We made a machine called MTM (Mind Time Machine ) running in the real world all day long without losing its complex dynamics. As the result of this long time sustainability, we argue that the system’s own time structure is organized. This machine consists of three screens, right and left and the above, displayed at the corner of a cubic skeleton of 5400mm each side. 15 cameras attached to each pole of the skeleton shoot things happening in the venue. The shot images are decomposed into frames and a chaotic neural dynamics will control the other macro processes that combine, reverse and superposed them to make new frames. MTM was presented as the art work but at the same time provides a new experimental test bed for studying artificial life in the real world.

Yukihiro Matsumoto    Yukihiro Matsumoto (Rakuten Institute of Technology)

The Ruby language has been highly inspired by Lisp since its beginning. In this talk, Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto, the creator of the Ruby language explains how Ruby borrowed features from Lisp, and describes briefly a newer implementation of the language named Rubinius, which is written in Ruby itself except for a small core.

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