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simulation platform for artificial life




alien is a shortform for artificial life environment and denotes a software tool aiming to simulate digital organisms embedded in an artificial ecosystem and conditions for (pre-)biotic evolution. The user can play and experiment with own worlds filled with machines consisting of digital matter.

Elementary constituents of the simulated matter are free to be programmed in order to extend their capabilities and operate in their environment for special purposes.
Complex and interconnected structures have the potential to perform arbitrary higher-order tasks. They may emerge spontaneously or by your intervention in the simulation.

You have full control of space, time and matter. Explore intriguing worlds which are beyond imagination!


  • realistic physical computations of kinematic and thermodynamic processes of glueable rigid bodies
  • programmable matter for constructing digital organisms
  • graph editor for visualization and manipulation
  • multi-thread support for large-scale simulations
  • software is open-source and available under the GNU General Public License, Version 3 (GPLv3)

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    August 8, 2018
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