September 12, 2019
Can a computer tell apart living from non-living things as well as we can?
Help drive Artificial Life research in a practical way, contribute to scientific progress in the field, and maybe just win $1,000USD.
The problem of identifying living systems from non-living one is a difficult question, which research fields such as artificial life or origins of life have been trying to address for decades or more. One can probably tell by sight that a walking line of ants is made of living things, while a flowing river is not. Can a computer tell apart living from non-living things as well as we can? The question is not settled in theory, but we had the idea of trying to settle it in practice.
In partnership with ELSI and Cross Compass, Cross Labs' goal is to help progress and refine our mathematical understanding of the nature of living systems. That is, what life is in contrast to inert matter?
Full competition details along with requirements and dataset information can be found at CodaLab. Good luck!