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The grand debate about beneficial viruses and artificial life

Suzana Stojakovic-Celustka
Alive Vol I, Issue 1
July 1994

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In the previous articles, three more or less different viewpoints about beneficial viruses and artificial life were presented. The topic is undoubtedly interesting. Could computer viruses be beneficial? What is artificial life? Are computer viruses the form of artificial life or not? Is it ethical to play with such things?...etc...The questions are numerous. The answers, opinions and approaches can vary widely - from the scientific (and somewhat controversial) interests of Fred Cohen and Mark Ludwig, pragmatic (and somewhat sceptical) approach of Vesselin Bontchev till vague and possibly confused opinions of "average computer user" and spurious intentions of anonymous virus writers today.

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