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Artificial Life

Summer 1994, Vol. 1, No. 4, Pages 429-438
(doi: 10.1162/artl.1994.1.4.429)
© 1995 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
On Modeling Life
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Abstract

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.