Artificial life models in software

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Artificial Life Models in Software by Andrew Adamatzky

I think my little artificial-life fascination is waning (its all Maxis SimLife programs fault Im into this stuff), but this is a good book. It surveys 12 recent artificial life programs that are free and available for download (or at least were circa 2003 - a couple now seem to be unavailable).

Especially interesting was Avida, which simulates programs within a virtual machine that compete for space and resources, and attempt to replicate and evolve. It looks like some fascinating results have come from Avida runs, but they unfortunately require you to understand the assembly-like language the program-organisms write to really appreciate. Also intriguing is Framsticks, which allows you to construct 3-d organisms that likewise interact with a virtual environment and evolve.

Each article is written by a developer of the program under discussion, which allows the programs processes to be discussed in great detail. This is great, but also means that possible flaws or limitations of each programs approach are not addressed, as they perhaps would be if reviews of the programs by people outside the development process were included. Thats about the only flaw of the book (well, and that the last article, about the possible uses of artificial life in art, couldve been fascinating but was short and slap-dash).
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It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. Artificial Life Models in Software provides an introduction and guide to modern software tools for modeling and simulating life-like phenomena, written by those who personally design and develop software, hardware, and art installations in artificial life, simulated complex systems and virtual worlds.
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A comprehensive overview of the applications of artificial life.

It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. Artificial Life Models in Software presents software tools, environments and realities dealing with creation, imitation and analysis of artefactual, virtual and living forms, written by those who personally design and produce software, hardware and art installations in artificial life, simulated complex systems and virtual worlds. This timely volume offers a nearly exhaustive overview and original analysis of major non-profit artificial life software packages. The carefully selected topics include:. There has long been a need within the academic and research community for an informal introduction and guidance to modern software tools for modelling and simulation of life-like phenomena — Artificial Life Models in Software fills this gap and provides invaluable information to both professional and amateur readers, offering detailed reviews of contemporary software for artificial life.

We review the applications of artificial life ALife , the creation of synthetic life on computers to study, simulate, and understand living systems. The definition and features of ALife are shown by application studies. ALife application fields treated include robot control, robot manufacturing, practical robots, computer graphics, natural phenomenon modeling, entertainment, games, music, economics, Internet, information processing, industrial design, simulation software, electronics, security, data mining, and telecommunications. In order to show the status of ALife application research, this review primarily features a survey of about ALife application articles rather than a selected representation of a few articles. Evolutionary computation is the most popular method for designing such applications, but recently swarm intelligence, artificial immune network, and agent-based modeling have also produced results.

The advent of powerful processing technologies and the advances in software development tools have drastically changed the approach and implementation of computational research in fundamental properties of living systems through simulating and synthesizing biological entities and processes in artificial media.
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From the reviews of the second edition: "Inducing biological functioning into a computing system has always been an interesting topic. It is quite difficult to confirm whether we can make a computing system behave as a life element. This book provides applications, philosophies, and tools that help provide artificial life models in software. This well-written book includes chapters that relate nicely to each other, helpful figures, and in-depth discussions of the various topics. Part I Virtual Environments.

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  1. Artificial Life Models in Software provides an introduction and guide to modern software tools for modeling and simulating life-like phenomena, written by those.

  2. Artificial life often abbreviated ALife or A-Life is a field of study wherein researchers examine systems related to natural life , its processes, and its evolution, through the use of simulations with computer models , robotics , and biochemistry.

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