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Langton's Ant and Complexity

I found that as I increased the complexity of the code for Langton's ant, the effects it produced were generally less interesting than those produced by the original, simpler code. More often that not, it would instantly start in a pattern which would degrade into "randomness." But how could the inclusion of interacting agents affect things? I've been plagued by this idea of free will in an emergent system, and one idea is to have interacting agents on the computer reproducing and making basic "decisions." Is it plausible to think that interacting agents would be more likely to create interesting effects with each other than the ones these same agents make on the world around them?


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