Lenia is a class of continuous cellular automata systems . It was the topic of the ISAL Award for outstanding paper of 2019 and an entry in the 2018 ALife Art competition which won an honorable mention. It produces a wide range of emergent patterns, including individuation, self-replication, and intercommunication between colonies. Over 400 different “species” of emergent process have been identified in Lenia, including the Orbium, which is often thought of as a continuous analog to gliders in Conway’s Game of Life.
Recent refinements to Lenia include Asymptotic Lenia, which produces even smoother entities capable of greater levels of complexity . Lenia has also recently been used as a test-bed for novel machine-learning techniques .
All things Lenia are linked to from Bert Chan’s Lenia Portal.