"The best work on this subject is Steven Levy's Artificial Life (1992), although it's getting long in the tooth. Ward covers the same ground and features the same colorful characters, but lacks pictures and diagrams to illustrate difficult concepts. Read Levy first."
Scientists are using computers and robots to mimic the behavior of living organisms. In the process they claim to be discovering the processes that gave rise to life itself and drove evolution. They might be right.
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