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Artificial life
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Artificial life

Artificial life, also known as alife, is the study of life through the use of human-made analogs of living systems. Computer scientist Christopher Langton coined the term in the late 1980s when he held the first "International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems" (otherwise known as Artificial Life I) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1987.

Artificial life researchers have often been divided into two main groups (although other groupings are possible):

The field is characterized by the extensive use of computer programs and computer simulations which include evolutionary algorithms (EA), genetic algorithms (GA), genetic programming (GP), artificial chemistries (AC), agent based models, and cellular automata (CA). Of interest has also been the application of co-evolution to Lindenmayer systems.

Artificial life as a field has had a controversial history, some have characterized it as "practical theology" or a "fact-free science". However, for many, artificial life is a meeting point for people from many other more traditional fields such as linguistics, physics, mathematics, philosophy, computer science and biology in which unusual computational and theoretical approaches that would be controversial within their home discipline can be discussed.

Table of contents
1 Related fields and subfields
2 Open problems
3 External links

Related fields and subfields

Open problems

External links