the simulation of any aspect of life, as through computers, robotics, or biochemistry.
Despite the artificial life I have led, everything that speaks of nature has a voice that I can rarely resist.
Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Nerves—owing to indigestion, late hours, and an artificial life.
The Seven Secrets William Le Queux
Be simple and sincere, and I shall love you, and bless the hour you shone upon my cold, artificial life.
Peg Woffington Charles Reade
We talk of deviations from natural life, as if artificial life were not also natural.
Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
Self-organization is a dominant topic in artificial life research.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin
Living the artificial life makes for worry, illness and failure.
Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter
It is the diseases and vices of artificial life which have rendered it lamentable, terrible, disgusting.
Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad with Tales and Miscellanies Now First Collected Anna Jameson
It is the result of crowding, and excitement, and artificial life.
The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
John is transplanted from the desert to the town: he has quitted simple life: he has come to artificial life.
Sermons Preached at Brighton Frederick W. Robertson
The artificial life in India was hateful to her, yet it held one bright spot.
A Bottle in the Smoke Milne Rae
The simulation of biological phenomena through the use of computer models and robotics.
(a-life) The study of synthetic systems which behave like natural living systems in some way. Artificial Life complements the traditional biological sciences concerned with the analysis of living organisms by attempting to create lifelike behaviours within computers and other artificial media. Artificial Life can contribute to theoretical biology by modelling forms of life other than those which exist in nature. It has applications in environmental and financial modelling and network communications.
There are some interesting implementations of artificial life using strangely shaped blocks. A video, probably by the company Artificial Creatures who build insect-like robots in Cambridge, MA (USA), has several mechanical implementations of artificial life forms.
See also evolutionary computing, Life.
[Christopher G. Langton (Ed.), “Artificial Life”, Proceedings Volume VI, Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity. Addison-Wesley, 1989].
Santa Fe Institute (http://alife.santafe.edu/).
The Avida Group (http://krl.caltech.edu/avida/Avida.html).
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