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Welcome to my graduation presentation. I will tell you about Machemes. In the meantime you probably wonder if ‘Machemes’ is a misspelling or some important word you don’t know.

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This is a twitter-account. It is this kind of account you are dreaming of. Its tweets contain entertaining links and it is giving interesting opinions. Every day it gets more friends, with whom it is discussing intelligent things. I never … Continue reading

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Is the twitter-account an unrealistic future visions? Impossible to make? Or is it just much work but after that we have a twitter-account that fluently uses the english syntax and semantics and an airplane that never crashes? Or has it … Continue reading

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As mentioned several times already today: evolution can be summarized with these three words: Variation, Selection and Replication. If we have variation, selection and replication, we must have evolution.

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Today we have heard about genes by Lola, we have heard about memes by Arie, I will now introduce a third replicator, ‘machemes’. Machemes came in existence after memes had build themselves new vehicles. Where they first only had humans … Continue reading

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I have searched for machemes and of course I found a lot. Due to my definition, books, cd’s, and all these vehicles which cary information, understandable or not, the machemes were all around me. More interesting of course was the … Continue reading

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As research environment I have used Twitter. Twitter is a social network and micro blog-service. Users write tweets; messages of 140 or less characters. These tweets are added to your timeline. At the same time you can read other peoples … Continue reading

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While trying to understand what a macheme can be, I created bots. This is one of them, the nachten bot. The nachten-bot is saying goodnight every half hour. He picks a random tweet, repeats it and suffix it with a … Continue reading

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I did not program something from scratch, instead I used existing technology, that I consider vehicles with information. First I used a search query, second I programmed something in Yahoo Pipes, which is a visual programming language, I converted it … Continue reading

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The bots I created try to act as humans. They operate on memes which have been turned into machemes and use the information they find in an almost semantically correct way. This is probably a very good way to survive. … Continue reading

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Slide 18

Can we find evolution in my machemes?

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Wagner said, something is evolvable if: 1. A biological system is evolvable if its properties show heritable genetic variation, and if natural selection can thus change these properties. 2. A biological system is evolvable if it can acquire novel functions … Continue reading

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Dawkins lists three characteristics for any successful replicator; copying-fidelity, fecundity and longevity. Copying-fidelity is a measure of the faithfulness of a copy when compared to the original. The reasoning behind this parameter is that the more faithful a copy is, … Continue reading

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Pocklington and Best stated that the characteristics of evolution as mentioned earlier seem to fit memetics intuitively, but that this is not a sufficient basis for a model of cultural evolution. They argue that the detection and description of units … Continue reading

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Machemes can evolve!

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Slide 27

Searching on twitter for the word macheme, what can we find?

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Summary

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Successful and unsuccessful machemes We can distinguish successful and unsuccessful machemes. An unsuccessful macheme is machine information which is not copied, saved or processed. A successful macheme is machine information that spreads to other machines. There are different kinds of … Continue reading

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What exactly is the replicator, the tweet or the twitterbot? As mentioned already during the discussion of wagner’s descriptions it seems we can take both perspectives. Turing test There are machemes that try to survive by imitating what humans do. … Continue reading

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