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aLife Art & Architecture
By Ramos
Thu Mar 21, 2002 02:19 PM
Two online works are now available, concerning two book chapters on the application of aLife (namely Ant Systems) on Art and Architecture.

[1] ON THE IMPLICIT AND ON THE ARTIFICIAL - Morphogenesis and Emergent Aesthetics in Autonomous Collective Systems:
alfa.ist.utl.pt . . .
[2] SWARM PAINTINGS - Non-Human Art: www.lxxl.pt . . .

The former is the technical aLife explanation and discussion, while the later is the result and the artistic discussion. Other applications of Ant Systems into Data Mining, Image perception and processing, Classification and Pattern Recognition are available here: alfa.ist.utl.pt . . .
(please check refs. 29, 37 and 42).

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Is Quantum Evolution The New Science Of Life?
By webmaster
Sat Feb 05, 2000 05:15 PM
This article describes a new theory that evolution of life requires the use of quantum mechanical multiverses. From a cursory reading, I don't buy it. The simpler explanation of coherence/dechoherence seems a tad easier to believe than parallel universes. What if we achieve complete artificial intelligence in a computer? Was it alive before, too? The paper posits that life is somehow different than nonlife at a quantum level. This should easily be disproved by the first computer artificial intelligence being. Or maybe it already has if you take alife into consideration.

    In quantum mechanics, everything that can happen will happen. When an electron or proton is placed at a crossroads where it can travel to the right or to the left, it goes both ways.

    In quantum systems, fundamental particles exist as ghostly "superpositions" where they can be in a billion different places at once or in a billion different states at once.

    Today, one of the most popular interpretations, and one that has the backing of Nobel prize-winning physicists, is that there exists a multiverse in which everything that can happen really does happen -- but in parallel universes. Although our conscious self inhabits only one branch of the multiverse -- our own universe -- fundamental particles inhabit the entire multiverse. It is this property that allows them to occupy multiple places or states simultaneously: Each place or state is in a parallel universe.

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DNA-based Artificial Life?
By webmaster
Mon Dec 13, 1999 03:07 PM
From studying the smallest known bacterium, Mycoplasma genitalium, scientists have been able to determine that the essence of life may be coded in as little as 300 genes. Scientists disrupted genes one by one to test if the bacterium still lived. Of the 480 genes in M. Genitalium, roughly 300 were essential to the organism's life functions. The number is inexact because life is "context sensitive." Some genes are switched on in specific circumstances to deal with life-threatening problems such as inadequate nutrients in its environment. Read more at the BBC Online's site: Is Life Just Genes? and Scientists call for life creation debate.
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A Fish That Eats Like a Horse
By webmaster
Sun May 23, 1999 11:36 AM
Interesting story at ABC News about a new cultivated strain of channel catfish that eat much more, and hence grow much faster than their brethren.
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GAlib 2.4.4 released
By webmaster
Sun May 23, 1999 11:36 AM
GAlib 2.4.4 has been released. GAlib is a C++ library of Genetic Algorithm Components.
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General
Pulsing with promise
By Guest
Sun May 23, 1999 11:36 AM
This USA Today article discusses the new revolutionary pulse technology that is poised to change the face of wireless communication and more. It can detect the distance from sender and receiver to a precision of less than one inch making possible things like automated tractors and bricklayers. If incorporated in robots, it could allow automous bots the ability to locate themselves and communicate with very little power. Amazing stuff!
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Games
The Turing test and muds
By webmaster
Sun May 23, 1999 11:36 AM
I've always wondered if the perfect medium to perform the turing test would be in a MUD (multi-user dungeon) environment. What do you think?
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