Artifical Life (simulations of ecologies and biologies)

I came across this video recently - it’s quite slow, so let’s call it a gentle pace. There are some notes towards the end on how the software was written, but mostly it’s about the findings, and what they illustrate about natural selection, genetics, and brains (the creatures have simple neural networks to drive behaviour)

For the most part, the creatures have the environment to contend with, which makes a nice change from the usual scenario where it’s about finding food, or avoiding predation.

From some previous notes, I find these references:

These sorts of simulations and investigations have always fascinated me, and I might have guessed that I’d’ve done a whole of experimentation as computers got faster and bigger. But I haven’t…