Hobbyists have designed highly complex patterns using John Conway’s simple rules of birth, death, and survival.
DNA is already known to be an ideal storage medium. Why not use cells to do the hard work?
“There have been no mutations…identified that appear to be on their way to constructing elegant new molecular machinery of the kind that fills every cell.”
They cover everything from how simple can a cell get and still survive and reproduce to questions of design detection and bouncing cosmologies.
The conversation turns to the challenge and necessity of quickly evolving error-correction mechanisms in origin-of-life scenarios.