Artificial life: Virtual ant
This book is about artificial life phenomenon. A single point is used to represent and to simulate an “alive” individual virtual animal. The point changes its location and traces its movements on the computer screen. We have grid of cells (pixels on the monitor) which are visited by the point. The observer recognizes such behavior as some aspects of life. More
Christopher Langton invented a simple cellular automaton that he called an ant. His ant lives in a grid world. The ant is a simple virtual animal because its motion is described by simple rules. The ant’s behavior is not simple. Perhaps it would be better to qualify these rules as fundamental rather than simple. Traffic on our roads is also regulated by such type of simple rules as: drive on the right-hand side of the road. This simple or rather fundamental rule has, as we may see, very strong consequences. Compare for example driving in France and in England – right side vs. left side of the road.
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