Artificial Life explains complex organisms.
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at Michigan State University
and the California Institute of Technology, with the help of powerful
computers, have used ALife, to create a road map detailing the evolution
of complex organisms, an old problem in biology. More
Conway's life in Flash.
You'll need the latest version of the Flash plug-in but here's one
of my first interactive alife examples. Click
here to launch. See the cellular automata
section for more information.
Support the eDarwin project.
John Torrey has been busy working away on a Tiarra like program
that runs under windows. Please take a look at his work and give
him some feedback. Visit
Thanks for all the great feedback I have received. I am aware that
this site is in need of some bringing up to date and am thankful
for pointing out some older errors that persisted - like Dawkings
instead of Dawkins. Here's a few kind words...
"Thank you for the website on Alife, it was very informative,
interesting, and visually pleasing. I think this is one of the websites
that should be an example for others to follow. True, free information
on the informations superhighway."
Victor A. Waters
"I just wanted to thank you for the web site you' have made
it's clear, understandable."
"I just had to drop you an email and tell how remarkably wonderful
your website is. I've been looking for good Alife/Evolutionary algorithm
research to start an ALife project that I plan on pursuing and I
found your website to be extremely helpful."
As well as all those linking to the site I'd like to give special
thanks to Ray Kurzweil for the reference in The
Age of Spiritual Machines that have brought readers from outside
of cyber space.
Stewart Dean May 2003
If you want to understand life - build it. If
you want to prove a theory - use it. That's what separates artificial
life (alife) from other theories of life, it's about constant demonstration
and experimentation. You'll find alife can be applied to any system,
from politics to blood. Artificial life was born in about 1987 by
combining many already existing fields and is making it's way through
modern thinking. See an introduction to Artificial
Life to begin your exploration of what could claim to be the most
realist explanation of life.
Stewart Dean Jan 1999
Please send any corrections, comments or additions to: alife(at)stewdean(dot)com