Entries for the “Chemicals to Code” Technology Prize
Submissions Received for the Evolution 2.0 Prize
The Evolution 2.0 Prize is a technology prize for discovery of a naturally occurring code. How do you get from chemicals to code without designing codes, or borrowing components from existing cells?
If Origin of Life is a valid science, this should be answerable. Natural Code LLC seeks a principle of natural self-organization that makes this possible.
DNA transcription-translation (DNA -> Messenger RNA -> Amino Acids) is mathematically equivalent to Claude Shannon’s 1948 Encoder – Message – Decoder system (Yockey, 2005).
Because origin of information and the genetic code are central to the origin of life problem… and because the genesis of new information is central to the evolution problem, we are offering a multi-million dollar prize for the discovery and patent of “chemicals to code.”
Natural Code LLC will fund the patent process and then award the full prize amount once the patent is granted. We will furnish a $100,000 “trigger event” prize upon initial discovery of such a process, before our patent process begins in earnest.
This $100,000 prize will be granted to the first person to discover this process, independently of our ability to secure a patent.
Numerous people who have sent in submissions have generously granted permission to publish them. We are grateful for this as it sheds much light on the thinking process and clarifies what Natural Code LLC is searching for. Below, we have included our response to each applicant.
The specification for the prize is online at www.naturalcode.org.
We received this submission from William Sikkema, a graduate student in Biotechnology at Rice University in Houston Texas. He has co-authored numerous papers and is studying under organic chemist James Tour. Mr. Sikkema granted us permission to publish his entry:
August 7, 2015 – William Sikkema’s Submission
November 23, 2015 – William Sikkema Submission #2 – very clever. Our response is included in the link provided.
We received this submission from Chris Linhart, a Computer Science specialist and programmer in Salzburg, Austria. His background includes work in computational linguistics and artificial intelligence.
November 21, 2016 – Christian Linhart Submission
We received this submission from Cameron Bosinski in New York (BS Biology and Psychology, MS in Neuroscience)
November 28, 2016 – Cameron Bosinski Submission
Natural Code LLC is a Private Equity Investment group formed to identify a naturally occurring code. Our mission is to discover, develop and commercialize core principles of nature which give rise to information, consciousness and intelligence.