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Artificial Life

Spring 1998, Vol. 4, No. 2, Pages 203-220
(doi: 10.1162/106454698568521)
© 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Self-Evolution in a Constructive Binary String System
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We examine the qualitative dynamics of a catalytic self-organizing system of binary strings that is inspired by the chemical information processing metaphor. A string is interpreted in two different ways: either (a) as raw data or (b) as a machine that is able to process another string as data in order to produce a third one. This article focuses on the phenomena of evolution whose appearance is notable because no explicit mutation, recombination, or artificial selection operators are introduced. We call the system self-evolving because every variation is performed by the objects themselves in their machine form.