Open-ended evolution and open-endedness: Editorial introduction to the open-ended evolution i special issue

Norman Packard*, Mark A. Bedau, Alastair Channon, Takashi Ikegami, Steen Rasmussen, Kenneth Stanley, Tim Taylor

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Abstract

Nature's spectacular inventiveness, reflected in the enormous diversity of form and function displayed by the biosphere, is a feature of life that distinguishes living most strongly from nonliving. It is, therefore, not surprising that this aspect of life should become a central focus of artificial life. We have known since Darwin that the diversity is produced dynamically, through the process of evolution; this has led life's creative productivity to be called Open-Ended Evolution (OEE) in the field. This article introduces the first of two special issues on current research on OEE and on the more general concept of open-endedness. Most of the papers presented in these special issues are elaborations of work presented at the Third Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution, held in Tokyo as part of the 2018 Conference on Artificial Life.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArtificial Life
Volume25
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-3
ISSN1064-5462
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1. Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Complexity growth
  • Innovation
  • Novelty
  • Open-ended evolution
  • Open-endedness
  • Biological Evolution
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Models, Biological

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