We present a theoretical as well as experimental investigation of a population of self-replicating segments of code subject to random mutation and survival of the fittest. Under the assumption that such a system constitutes a minimal system with characteristics of life, we obtain a number of statements on the evolution of complexity and the trade-off between entropy and information.
- Pub Date:
- May 1994
- Nonlinear Sciences - Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems;
- Quantitative Biology
- 6 p., postscript with figures (unpack with uufiles), to appear in the Proc. of ``Artificial Life IV'', MIT Press