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Finding life we can’t imagine: Christoph Adami on TED.com

Posted by: Ben Lillie

How do we search for alien life if it’s nothing like the life that we know? At TEDxUIUC Christoph Adami shows how he uses his research into artificial life — self-replicating computer programs — to find a signature, a ‘biomarker,’ that is free of our preconceptions of what life is. (Recorded at TEDxUIUC, July 2011, in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Duration: 18:52.)

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