Information contained in matter

I heard a beautiful quote that I wanted to share. “Adding Information to Matter” that Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature mentioned during her Ted Talk. It’s something that was repeated during another Ted presentation by Robert Full on Animal Motion.

She was referring to the idea that nature finds ways to accomplish tasks with very little energy and that for nature, matter contains the information needed to accomplish the task. The examples she showed was an algae whose very shape allows it to catch the air and travel great distances, expending very little energy. Robert talked about a similar concept when he demonstrated that the very shape of the feet on geckos allow for dry adhesion and one of his three recommendations in the development of robots was to distribute the thinking and let the forms and shapes of the feet allow better movement (as opposed to having a computer plan and predict and react to every single stimulus).


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