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The so-called plasmodial slime mold is, in this state, the largest acellular organism known in the world. As a biological curiosity this type of slime mould serves as a model organism for network optimisation. It can be interpreted as an ‘actor’ who distributively solves geometric problems.
This property is the basis for the experiment "Growing Kolmogorov-Uspensky Machines". Oat flakes are colour coded (RGB) with food colouring and distributed in different patterns. The grown connections of Physarum polycephalum were observed and documented in drawings. This experiment attempts to implement Kolmogorov's hypothetical computer by means of a biological organism. Unlike the Turing machine, which proposes medium a linear tape as storage, Kolmogorov’s model is based on distributed memory locations.
"A Kolmogorov machine (also known as a Kolmogorov-Uspenski machine) is similar to a Turing machine in most respects except that its storage unit, instead of an unbounded linear tape, is a particular kind of connected graph." (source: esolangs.org.
2016 Inoculum - Connecting the Other, CLB Berlin
2015 Art Laboratory Berlin, August-September 215
Scientific collaborator Andy Adamatzky: arxiv.org