The Biological Computer Lab - an unfinished revolution?
The Biological Computer Laboratory (BCL) was a research institute of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was founded on 1 January 1958 by the then Professor of Electrical Engineering Heinz Foerster. The focus of research at the BCL was systems theory and specifically the area of self-organizing systems, bionics, and bio-inspired computing; that is, analyzing, formalizing, and implementing biological process using computers.
Heinz Foerster is one of the most important scientists of the 20 century. He was a visionary and his work has a fundamental impact on contemporary bio medical science. He is a central figure in the development of systems theory, the fundament of systems biology and synthetic biology.
BCL homepage http://bcl.ece.illinois.edu
Heinz Foerster homepage http://www.univie.ac.at/constructivism/HvF.htm
Heinz von Foerster and the Bio-Computing Movements of the 1960s
Notes on an epistemology for living things http://ada.evergreen.edu/~arunc/texts/cybernetics/heinz/epistemology/bcl9.3.pd
Biological computing from Heinz von Foerster to the present: a tool for understanding intelligence? http://atomiumculture.eu/content/biological-computing-heinz-von-foerster-present-tool-understanding-intelligence
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