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After I came to know Jerne's network theory on the immune system, I became fascinated with the immune system as an information system. The main pro­ totypes for biological information systems have been the neural systems and the brain. However, the immune system is not only an interesting informa­ tion system but it may provide a design paradigm for artificial information systems. With such a consideration, I initiated a project titled "autonomous... more...

This book describes the struggle to introduce a mechanism that enables next-generation information systems to maintain themselves. Our generation observed the birth and growth of information systems, and the Internet in particular. Surprisingly information systems are quite different from conventional (energy, material-intensive) artificial systems, and rather resemble biological systems (information-intensive systems). Many artificial... more...