Special Issue in Memory of Professor Mark Burgin

A special issue of Philosophies (ISSN 2409-9287).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2024 | Viewed by 5495

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are inviting contributions to a joint Special Issue of the journal Information and Philosophies dedicated to our colleague Professor Mark Burgin, who recently passed away. Mark Burgin was a distinguished mathematician, computer scientist, philosopher, and information theoretician who made significant contributions to various fields, including information and computation, foundations of mathematics, philosophy of information and computation, theory of knowledge, and logic.

Mark Burgin's innovative ideas and research had a profound impact on many areas of study, providing novel insights and advancing our understanding of complex information-based phenomena. His interdisciplinary approach, bridging the gaps between different fields, led to new connections, approaches, and applications that significantly influenced the development of these fields.

You could view all Mark’s publications in MDPI via the link below:
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/philosophies/announcements/6463

You also could download the pdf version of the book titled “Transcending Conventional Studies of Information and Computation: Dedicated to the Memory of Mark Burgin” here:
https://res.mdpi.com/data/transcending-conventional-studies-of-information-and-computation-dedicated-to-the-memory-of-mark-burgin_v2-3.zip.

We welcome papers that cover a wide range of topics, including information and computation, category theory, foundations of mathematics, philosophy of language, logic, and applications of mathematical structures in various fields. The papers should be original and make significant contributions to their respective fields.

Through this Special Issue, we aim to honor the memory of Mark Burgin and celebrate his remarkable career. We hope that this issue will serve as a testament to his contributions and as a source of inspiration for future research in the fields to which he has contributed so significantly.

Please submit your papers by 10th December 2023 through our online submission system.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Information.

Prof. Dr. Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
Prof. Dr. Marcin J. Schroeder
Guest Editors

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A Systematic Approach to Autonomous Agents
by Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic and Mark Burgin
Philosophies 2024, 9(2), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies9020044 - 27 Mar 2024
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Agents and agent-based systems are becoming essential in the development of various fields, such as artificial intelligence, ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence, autonomous computing, and intelligent robotics. The concept of autonomous agents, inspired by the observed agency in living systems, is also central to [...] Read more.
Agents and agent-based systems are becoming essential in the development of various fields, such as artificial intelligence, ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence, autonomous computing, and intelligent robotics. The concept of autonomous agents, inspired by the observed agency in living systems, is also central to current theories on the origin, development, and evolution of life. Therefore, it is crucial to develop an accurate understanding of agents and the concept of agency. This paper begins by discussing the role of agency in natural systems as an inspiration and motivation for agential technologies and then introduces the idea of artificial agents. A systematic approach is presented for the classification of artificial agents. This classification aids in understanding the existing state of the artificial agents and projects their potential future roles in addressing specific types of problems with dedicated agent types. Full article
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New Approaches to the Circle of Sense and Nonsense
by Bill Seaman
Philosophies 2024, 9(2), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies9020040 - 23 Mar 2024
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I will briefly discuss the history of research-related projects that Mark Burgin and I worked on together. I will then discuss our joint research related to the circle of sense and nonsense. One paper was entitled In a search for deeper meanings: navigating [...] Read more.
I will briefly discuss the history of research-related projects that Mark Burgin and I worked on together. I will then discuss our joint research related to the circle of sense and nonsense. One paper was entitled In a search for deeper meanings: navigating the circle of Sense and Nonsense and in turn articulating logical varieties as knowledge illuminators and the second was entitled In the Circle of Sense and Nonsense, Including A Mathematic Model of Meaning. This research represents a bridge between the media arts and sciences (my artwork) as a means of embodying ideas exploring a particular approach to meaning production and related computation, as well as Burgin’s concepts related to logical varieties and mathematical models of meaning. I will refer to the full papers and links because they present a very robust and full articulation of the concepts discussed here. In this paper, I will briefly touch on the areas of research, supply short definitions, and refer to the relevant historical publications. Full article
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Mark Burgin’s Contribution to the Foundation of Mathematics
by Felix M. Lev
Philosophies 2024, 9(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies9010008 - 31 Dec 2023
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In this paper, I attempt to describe Mark Burgin’s results in non-Diophantine mathematics, which are important for the foundation of mathematics and its application in quantum field theory. In particular, the elimination of divergences in quantum electrodynamics is described. Full article
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Mark Burgin’s Legacy: The General Theory of Information, the Digital Genome, and the Future of Machine Intelligence
by Rao Mikkilineni
Philosophies 2023, 8(6), 107; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies8060107 - 12 Nov 2023
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With 500+ papers and 20+ books spanning many scientific disciplines, Mark Burgin has left an indelible mark and legacy for future explorers of human thought and information technology professionals. In this paper, I discuss his contribution to the evolution of machine intelligence using [...] Read more.
With 500+ papers and 20+ books spanning many scientific disciplines, Mark Burgin has left an indelible mark and legacy for future explorers of human thought and information technology professionals. In this paper, I discuss his contribution to the evolution of machine intelligence using his general theory of information (GTI) based on my discussions with him and various papers I co-authored during the past eight years. His construction of a new class of digital automata to overcome the barrier posed by the Church–Turing Thesis, and his contribution to super-symbolic computing with knowledge structures, cognizing oracles, and structural machines are leading to practical applications changing the future landscape of information systems. GTI provides a model for the operational knowledge of biological systems to build, operate, and manage life processes using 30+ trillion cells capable of replication and metabolism. The schema and associated operations derived from GTI are also used to model a digital genome specifying the operational knowledge of algorithms executing the software life processes with specific purposes using replication and metabolism. The result is a digital software system with a super-symbolic computing structure exhibiting autopoietic and cognitive behaviors that biological systems also exhibit. We discuss here one of these applications. Full article
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