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Biologically Inspired Computer Networks

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A team of computer network designers has drawn inspiration from the design inherent in biological systems. A biological system’s ability to survive relies critically on its ability to respond to changes in environment, even when this adaptability means suboptimal resource usage in a particular environment. Drawing insight from how a select bacterium responds to change, the team of computer experts devised a networking scheme that operated much more robustly in noisy environments where various network nodes crashed. Such human-designed systems increasingly resemble biological systems that supposedly arose by chance. RTB’s creation model argues that a better match to the data involves a supernatural Creator who designed the biological systems.

o   Editor’s Choice, “Biologically Inspired Networking,” Science 311 (2006): 1837.


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In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana