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Recent advances in nonequilibrium statistical physics have provided unprecedented insight into the thermodynamics of dynamic processes. The author recently used these advances to extend Landauer’s semi-formal reasoning concerning the thermodynamics

Recent advances in nonequilibrium statistical physics have provided unprecedented insight into the thermodynamics of dynamic processes. The author recently used these advances to extend Landauer’s semi-formal reasoning concerning the thermodynamics of bit erasure, to derive the minimal free energy required to implement an arbitrary computation. Here, I extend this analysis, deriving the minimal free energy required by an organism to run a given (stochastic) map π from its sensor inputs to its actuator outputs.

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    • 2016-04-13
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.3390/e18040138
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    Wolpert, D. (2016). The Free Energy Requirements of Biological Organisms; Implications for Evolution. Entropy, 18(4), 138. doi:10.3390/e18040138

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