Self-Organisation in a System of Binary Strings

Banzhaf, Wolfgang. “Self-organization in a system of binary strings.” In Proceedings of Artificial Life IV , pp. 109-118. MIT Press Cambridge, MA, 1994.

We discuss a system of autocatalytic sequences of binary numbers. Sequences come in two forms, a 1dimensional form (operands) and a 2-dimensional form (operators) that are able to react with each other. The resulting reaction network shows signs of emerging metabolisms. We discuss the general framework and examine specific interactions for a system with strings of length 4 bits. A self-maintaining network of string types and parasitic interactions are shown to exist.

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