Testing for Emergence in Artificial Life

@inproceedings{Ronald1999TestingFE,
  title={Testing for Emergence in Artificial Life},
  author={Edmund M. A. Ronald and Moshe Sipper and Mathieu S. Capcarr{\`e}re},
  booktitle={ECAL},
  year={1999}
}
The field of artificial life (Alife) is replete with documented instances of emergence, though debate still persists as to the meaning of this term. In the absence of a formal definition, researchers in the field would be well served by adopting an emergence certification mark which would garner approval from the Alife community. We propose an emergence test, consisting of three criteria—design, observation, and surprise—for conferring the emergence label. 
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