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