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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, August 16, 2010
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This review is from: Natural Computing: DNA, Quantum Bits, and the Future of Smart Machines (Paperback)
Natural Computing is an interesting and thought-provoking amalgam of mini-essays/bio's of the people engaged in computing other than digital. The format is fast paced and engaging. The authors cover Adaptive Computing, Harnessing Lifestuff, and Physics and Speed. My favorite was the chapter on Nancy Leveson called, "It's the System Stupid." This chapter uses the Bhopal, India incident to illustrate the power of interaction in safety. On the tradition of root-cause analysis, "Leveson argues that the approach is simplistic and harmfull. Often the chain starts at the most convenient root cause, and usually only one root cause is identified. In addition, systemic factors that allowed the even to occur are often ignored." This mini-discourse in system safety is worth the very reasonable price of the book.

The authors frequently reference their subject's work, which allows the reader to dig deeper than the topical treatment presented.

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4.0 out of 5 stars the book gives some good examples of using nature inspired algorithms in different fields, December 29, 2014
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the book gives some good examples of using nature inspired algorithms in different fields. It is a pretty good introduction for readers. However, if you would like to study deeper in natural computing, especially the technical or algorithms then you will need to read other more technical documents.

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, January 28, 2018
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Extremely interesting!

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