Facing N-P problems via artificial life: A philosophical appraisal

Carlos E. Maldonado, Nelson Gómez

Research output: Chapter in Book/ReportConference contribution


Life as an N-P problem is a philosophical, scientific and engineering concern. N-P problems can be understood and worked out via artificial life. However, these problems demand a new understanding of engineering, since engineering is basically a way of acting upon the world. Such a new engineering is known as non-conventional engineering or also as complex systems engineering. Bio-inspired systems are more flexible and allow a higher number of degrees of freedom. As a consequence, AL enlarges our understanding of living systems in general and can be taken as a step forwards in grasping the complexity of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Artificial Life
Subtitle of host publicationDarwin Meets von Neumann - 10th European Conference, ECAL 2009, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages6
EditionPART 2
StatePublished - 2011
Event10th European Conference of Artificial Life, ECAL 2009 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Sep 13 2009Sep 16 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume5778 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th European Conference of Artificial Life, ECAL 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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