A long-term goal of this project is to give new impulses for the field of Artificial Life by the high-performance software tool alien, which has been specifically designed to perform computer experiments with programmable matter building blocks in physically realistic environments. Besides that, alien can also be seen as a kind of game where one can play, experiment and explore digital worlds and ecosystems without a specific aim.
In the following some particular aspects in Artificial Life are highlighted, where alien could by utilized as a simulation platform.
Exploring life not only as we know it but as it could be
Tackling the origin of life question / prebiotic evolution
Investigating different types of self-replicating machines
Evolution of machines using digital DNA
Investigating longtime behavior of artificial ecosystems