Saturday, September 11, 2010
If you take the idea seriously, it also means that the creators of the first artificial life, the gods of new life, if you will, are Loki-like, mischievous computer hackers who mostly just wanted to mess around and experiment, and even make jokes. Consider - the first serious virus in the wild, as they say, was the Elk Cloner, which displayed a simple rhyme merely touting it's ability to clone itself and infect files. The earliest artificial life was literally a joke. Kind of a geeky, bad one.
Here are a few links to some interesting material on computer viruses as artificial life or not, which means in my mind, artificial life created purely from language.
Paper from Purdue University
Introduction to computer viruses
Scientist "infects" himself, via RFID chip, with a computer virus
Conficker: One of the world's largest worms.
Early discussion of "Self-Reproducing Automata"
Posted by Newlin at 12:44 AM