The complexity of artificial life is produced not only via their genotype, but also by the environment that they thrive in. Past artificial life research focuses on the evolutionary behavior of artificial organisms from an intrinsic perspective of how concepts such as crossover and mutation increase the fitness of the organism, others focus on the emergent macrostate of a simulation that arises out of the local interaction of entities. This research aims to introduce an additional ‘affector’ into artificial life simulations, namely, an enhanced environment where an added dimension of complex behaviour can be produced through the use of environment emitters.
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