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16 Apr 2013

Abstract: Evolution is one of the major powers in the universe that has been studied for about two centuries. Computers, invented in the 20th century, made it possible to move from passively understanding to actively using evolutionary processes as tools in digital spaces. The related area is called Evolutionary Computing. I argue that in the 21st century (probably in the near future) it will be possible to implement and employ artificial evolutionary processes outside such imaginary spaces, in real time and real space. In other words, I envision the `Evolution of Things' and call the new field Embodied Artificial Evolution. In this talk I will elaborate on this vision, consider the grand challenges it implies, and explain why these developments will radically change our lives. Last but not least, I will discuss the ethical consequences of Embodied Artificial Evolution.