Self-Replicating Structures: Evolution, Emergence, and Computation

@article{Reggia1998SelfReplicatingSE,
  title={Self-Replicating Structures: Evolution, Emergence, and Computation},
  author={James A. Reggia and Jason D. Lohn and Hui-Hsien Chou},
  journal={Artificial Life},
  year={1998},
  volume={4},
  pages={283-302}
}
Since von Neumann's seminal work around 1950, computer scientists and others have studied the algorithms needed to support self-replicating systems. Much of this work has focused on abstract logical machines (automata) embedded in two-dimensional cellular spaces. This research was motivated by the desire to understand the basic information-processing principles underlying self-replication, the potential long-term applications of programmable self-replicating machines, and the possibility of… CONTINUE READING

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