Artificial Life Games

Artificial life is a branch of computer science research, just as artificial intelligence is. Artificial life, or A-life, as it is sometimes called, involves modeling biological processes, often to simulate the life cycles of living things. A-life researchers hope to discover new ways of using computers by using biological mechanisms—mutation and natural selection, for example—rather than algorithmic ones. In particular, A-life is the study of emergent properties, unanticipated qualities or behaviors that arise out of the interaction of complex systems. Life itself is considered an emergent property of the planet Earth.

The most famous (though not the first) A-life game is called simply Life and was created by a mathematician ...

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