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VENUS is an artificial life simulator inspired by Core War in which instructions mutate and processes consume resources. VENUS was able to evolve cooperative MOV/SPL structures without any predefined evolutionary path.

VENUS artificial life - screenshot credit S Rasmussen


Thomas S. Ray developed the Tierra artificial life simulator to synthesize life. Ray considered traditional machine languages to be too brittle to evolve and created the Tierran language. Beginning with an 80 instruction ancestor Tierra evolved shorter creatures, parasites and hyperparasites.

Tierra artificial life