Life, but not as we know it (NAWKI)
20 Aug 2017
Exploring hypotheticals of real and artificial life
The ISAL student group is starting a discussion series where we’ll take different crazy hypotheticals and explore them seriously. Discussion will happen informally in a dedicated Slack channel for one month following the question posting, and then will be edited by the board for brevity and formatting. The formatted discussions will be posted on the ISAL student group website and potentially in the ISAL journal. Example questions include:
- How would life be different if there were no moon?
- How would life evolve on a rogue planet with water?
- What if reproductive cycles were universally twice as fast?
- Does coffee speed up time?
- What if time were variable over small areas?
While we’re not looking to answer these questions by any means, approaching them from an artificial life mindset could be both an enjoyable exercise for us and a good way for others to understand our field a bit. A similar series is XKCD’s “What if”, although this usually approaches questions with physics. An example of the Slack chat format is the political website 538’s chat series.comments powered by Disqus