Revisiting von Neumann’s Architecture of Machine Self-reproduction Using Avida

  • Tomonori HasegawaEmail author
  • Barry McMullin
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


In an attempt to explore potential for the evolutionary growth of complexity and distinctive mutational pathways, we revisit the machine self-reproduction originally proposed by John von Neumann. Preliminary experiments have been run using a designed von Neumann style self-reproducer novelly implemented within the Avida world. Among initial results, we have observed ones where the designed self-reproducer in this particular world degenerates into a self-copier with surprising ease. In this paper, we briefly report the result and discuss implications and future works.


Evolutionary growth of complexity Genotype-phenotype mapping Self-reproduction Avida Von Neumann 



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. We would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for the original paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Rince InstituteDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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