Kevin L Brown
Registered: Dec 2008
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NKS Research Tool Kit via Attenuated Mathematica
An attenuated version of Mathematica dedicated to the exploration of CAs (cellular automata) could accelerate NKS discoveries.
A version of Mathematica which walls off the mathematics features of the program so that the user is restricted to a well understood discrete tool kit that allow only the creation of CA`s through the rudimentary nonmathematical logic operations used in their implementation could provide the following benefits.
1. Most of the worlds population is not proficient in advanced mathematics which is the most fundamental motivation for the use of Mathematica. Creating an attenuated version of Mathematica renamed to focus on CA`s will greatly reduce the intimidation factor associated with higher mathematics and expand direct hands on interest outside of the Mathematics community. (For now lets just call the product `CA Manipulate` )
2. Steven Wolfram has expressed that CA`s and other similar programs are simpler and are in a sense more fundamental than mathematics, `CA Manipulate` will showcase this concept.
In some sense this addresses a marketing challenge framed such as: If CAs that utilize very simple rules can be used to model arbitrarily complex systems why do I need the most advanced mathematics program on the planet to research and create CAs?
3. By segregating and attenuating the math functions of Mathematica, CA Manipulate could be provided at low cost without adversely effecting Mathematica sales.
4. CA Manipulate, as a small well defined subset of Mathematica will greatly facilitate the communication and interaction of CA researchers by establishing a easily understood well bounded language and manipulation tool kit.
5. Because even simple CAs can be computationally equivalent/ universal and as a result their nature can only be observed through direct implementation, it seems that NKS advancement will be accelerated through the dissemination of easy to use low cost research tools. This will motivate many more people to participate, observer and report findings.
Note: Mathematica Player Pro does not qualify as this product since it does not allow a person to define the logic operations with which to implement CAs,
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