JohnnyVon : self-replicating Automata in continuous two-dimensional space

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/8913213
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TypeTechnical Report
AbstractJohnnyVon is an implementation of self-replicating automata in continuous twodimensional space. Two types of particles drift about in a virtual liquid. The particles are automata with discrete internal states but continuous external relationships. Their internal states are governed by finite state machines but their external relationships are governed by a simulated physics that includes brownian motion, viscosity, and springlike attractive and repulsive forces. The particles can be assembled into patterns that can encode arbitrary strings of bits. We demonstrate that, if an arbitrary 'seed' pattern is put in a 'soup' of separate individual particles, the pattern will replicate by assembling the individual particles into copies of itself. We also show that, given sufficient time, a soup of separate individual particles will eventually spontaneously form self-replicating patterns. We discuss the implications of JohnnyVon for research in nanotechnology, theoretical biology, and artificial life.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Institute for Information Technology
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NRC number44953
NPARC number8913213
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Record created2009-04-22
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