Publication 6304

Beer R. D. (2018) On the origin of gliders. In: Ikegami T., Virgo N., Witkowski O., Oka M., Suzuk R. & Iizuka H. (eds.) Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Artificial Life. MIT Press, Cambridge MA: 67–74. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/6304
Using a glider in the Game of Life cellular automaton as a toy model, we explore how questions of origins might be approached from the perspective of autopoiesis. Specifically, we examine how the density of gliders evolves over time from random initial conditions and then develop a statistical mechanics of gliders that explains this time evolution in terms of the processes of glider creation, persistence and destruction that underlie it.

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