<algorithm, application> (a-life) The study of synthetic systems which
behave like natural living systems in some way. Artificial Life complements the
traditional biological sciences concerned with the analysis of living organisms
by attempting to create lifelike behaviours within computers and other
artificial media. Artificial Life can contribute to theoretical biology by
modelling forms of life other than those which exist in nature. It has
applications in environmental and financial modelling and network
There are some interesting implementations of artificial life using strangely
shaped blocks. A video, probably by the company Artificial Creatures who build
insect-like robots in Cambridge, MA (USA), has several mechanical
implementations of artificial life forms.
See also evolutionary computing, Life.
[Christopher G. Langton (Ed.), "Artificial Life", Proceedings Volume VI, Santa
Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity. Addison-Wesley, 1989].
Santa Fe Institute.
The Avida Group.
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