[OT] - A turning machine implemented in Conway's Game of Life

Michael L Torrie torriem at chem.byu.edu
Fri Mar 9 12:05:15 MST 2007


On Fri, 2007-03-09 at 11:55 -0700, Daniel C. wrote:
> On 3/9/07, Von Fugal <von at fugal.net> wrote:
> > * Daniel C. [Fri,  2 Mar 2007 at 07:40 -0700]
> > > Makes me wonder whether biological systems might be turing equivalent.
> >
> > How do you think you can program yourself?
> 
> Surely a system can be turing equivalent without being able to be
> programmed by me.

I suppose the only way to prove a human is turing complete is to make
him or her emulate a turing machine.  I have an infinitely long tape, a
pencil, an eraser, and a bunch of problems I need solved...  
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