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Of the 4 billion years since life began, about two-thirds was required to evolve the simplest multicellular organisms and their coordination mechanisms. The basic mechanism of the communication is molecular matching. 1). This can give rise to quite complex transformations in the receiving cell; dozens of steps of this chain are already known. As a result of pheromone recognition, a yeast cell can change its internal structure to reverse its gender so it can mate with the sending cell. This is an impressive sexual feat, even by California standards.
The connections between neurons are specified, and each neural cell is represented by a collection of parameters at each time step. The parameters might include the values of inputs from other neurons, the multiplier effects of synapses, whether or not there is a spike, and the value of its intensity. The simulation program computes the values of the parameters at the next time step, as in the weather simulation. As we shall see, this 32 I. Embodied Information Processing neuron-by-neuron approach is powerful but is not feasible for modeling language understanding, which involves billions of neurons.
The information processing perspective is crucial in the next chapter as we look at yet another kind of cell: the neuron. As we will soon see, the idea of cells communicating information using small molecules as signals is also the necessary first step in making sense of neural computation. But before we turn to neural information processing, we need to understand more about information processing in general and its use in computational modeling. Computer programs are the primary tools in formulating and testing theories of brain function and behavior.