2012’s 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

A look back at the most memorable events and products from 1987

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Artificial Life I convenes

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Organized by computer scientist Christopher Langton, the Artificial Life I conference was held Sept. 21-25 at Los Alamos National Laboratory. According to Wikipedia, Langton’s announcement of the conference included one of the earliest descriptions of this emerging field: “Artificial life is the study of artificial systems that exhibit behavior characteristic of natural living systems. It is the quest to explain life in any of its possible manifestations, without restriction to the particular examples that have evolved on earth. This includes biological and chemical experiments, computer simulations, and purely theoretical endeavors. Processes occurring on molecular, social, and evolutionary scales are subject to investigation. The ultimate goal is to extract the logical form of living systems.”

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