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Wolfgang Banzhaf and Lidia Yamamoto

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029438

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029438.001.0001

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Applications of Artificial Chemistries

Applications of Artificial Chemistries

(p.323) Chapter 16 Applications of Artificial Chemistries
Artificial Chemistries

Wolfgang Banzhaf

Lidia Yamamoto

The MIT Press

This chapter gives an overview of several domains where artificial chemistries have been applied. The first example of application is in the robotics domain, where artificial chemistries have been used to control the motion of robots, in a similar way as bacteria move by chemotaxis. The second application domain is the design of distributed algorithms for computer networks, illustrated with Fraglets, a programming language inspired by chemistry, used to implement communication protocols. The third application domain is the study of natural language dynamics, either from the perspective of the evolution of human languages over history, or from the perspective of the dynamical processes of language acquisition in the brain. Music composition has also been attempted with the help of artificial chemistries, and is discussed as a forth application domain. Automated proof systems for mathematical theorems then follows. Finally an application to genetic programming is shown, where chemistry helps finding computer programs that are robust to changing the order of the instructions within them.

Keywords:   Algorithmic music composition, Chemotaxis, Communication protocol, Fraglet, Genetic programming, Language dynamics, Language evolution, Proof system, Robot control

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