Complex Systems

Novel Properties Generated by Interacting Computational Systems Download PDF

Fabio Boschetti
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia
School of Earth and Environment
The University of Western Australia

John Symons
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas 79968, USA


After giving definitions for novelty and causality for computational systems, we describe a simple computational system that is able to produce genuine novelty. We explain how novelty can arise in systems of simple interacting components and describe what it would mean for such emergent properties to have causal powers.