I’m looking for estimates of the total compute available to evolution:
Total number of cell divisions
Total number of times a DNA nucleotide was transcribed to RNA
Total number of times an RNA codon was translated to an amino acid
Total number of base pairs in all genomes
Total entropy of the set of all genomes
I’d like to identify other significant sources of compute available to evolution (epigenome? lateral gene transfer? interspecies communication?) and how to quantify them.
I’m looking for estimates of total compute over all 4 billion years of Earth life, and also how compute varied with time.
Grateful for any leads!
Interesting, my first reaction was that evolution doesn't need to "figure out" the extended phenotype (= "effects on the real world") It just blindly deploys its algorithms, and natural selection does the optimization.
But I think what you're saying is, the real world is "computing" which individuals die and which ones reproduce, and we need a way to quantify that computational work. You're right!