Discussion: Cybernetics vs. ALife – key differences
Everybody knows that the work done these days under the label of Artificial Life owes a lot to the early cybernetics movement. Yet, we tend to see ALife as a movement in its own right, rather than as a mere resurgence of cybernetics. Why, what are the key differences? I have some ideas on what makes ALife ALife, rather than just neo-cybernetics, but it would be good to hear other opinions on this.
p.s. This question arises in the context of authoring a review of ALife and Evolutionary Robotics. If you have opinions on what such a review should crucially contain (or not), even if they are totally unrelated to the question posted, i would be happy if you could drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org