Von Neumann Reproduction: Preliminary Implementation Experience in Coreworlds

  • Barry McMullinEmail author
  • Declan Baugh
  • Tomonori Hasegawa
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


We introduce the distinctive, self-referential, logic of self-reproduction originally formulated by John von Neumann, and we present some initial results from novel realisations of this abstract architecture, embedded within two computational worlds: Tierra and Avida. In both cases, the von Neumann architecture proves to be evolutionarily fragile, for unanticipated, but relatively trivial, reasons. We briefly discuss some implications, and sketch prospects for further investigation.


John von Neumann Artificial life Self-reproduction Coreworlds Tierra Avida 



This work has been supported by the European Complexity Network (Complexity-NET) through the Irish Research Council for Science and Technology (IRCSET) under the collaborative project EvoSym.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry McMullin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Declan Baugh
    • 1
  • Tomonori Hasegawa
    • 1
  1. 1.The Rince InstituteDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland

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