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Artif Life. 2019 Winter;25(1):1-3. doi: 10.1162/artl_e_00282.

Open-Ended Evolution and Open-Endedness: Editorial Introduction to the Open-Ended Evolution I Special Issue.

Author information

1
Protolife, Inc. norman.packard@protolife.com.
2
Reed College.
3
Keele University.
4
University of Tokyo.
5
University of Southern Denmark.
6
Santa Fe Institute.
7
Uber AI LabsUniversity of Central Florida.
8
Monash University.

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.

KEYWORDS:

Open-ended evolution; complexity growth; innovation; novelty; open-endedness

PMID:
30933628
DOI:
10.1162/artl_e_00282

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