A long-term goal of this project is to give new impulses for the field of Artificial Life by the present software tool alien specially designed to conduct computer experiments with programmable matter in a physically realistic environment. It should be stressed here that alien is not a simulator for Molecular Dynamics.
In the following some particular aspects are highlighted where we hope that advances will be made. Beside that, this software tool can also be seen as some kind of game where one can play, experiment and explore own worlds without any specific aims.
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