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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-32621-6-ch139
Pages 847-848
First published 30 July 2014

Evolution as a Random Walk on a High-Dimensional Manifold Defined by Physical Law: Implications for Open-Ended Artificial Life

Andrew L. Nelson and Brenae L. Bailey

Abstract (Excerpt)

This short article presents a discussion of the underlying conditions under which natural evolution of life occurs and how these natural conditions may be extremely difficult to implement in artificial life (ALife) systems. In particular, the Darwinian concept of adaptation via natural selection may not have a complete or functional macro-level description that could be used to build any evolutionary environment that is defined at the agent-environment interaction level.