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The grid used is non-toroidal. To the program, the "virtual" cells beyond the borders appear to have a O state that cannot be altered. Experiments showed that this border is very useful to obtain a stable growth. Obviously it contains growth, but it also provides, unexpectedly, stability. The theoretical questions posed by the problem of "cancer" evoked earlier is not solved as such, but this border allows us to practically use the advantages of growth in terms of self-repair without its disadvan- t ages.

It can be hypothesised thus, that if the system stabilises its self-construction process into a useful, working state, then any perturbations, any errors, would create an unstable state that should redevelop, restabilise, reconstruct into the desired stable working state. , 2000; Macias and Durbeck, 2002). Natural organisms are often cited s1f-rnairable systems and are often at the vih1 repair capacity seems to diminish with increasing complexity, examples of reconstruction are not rare in nature.

Experiment 2: In this experiment, 10 cells at random are reset in one go. Obviously it is impossible to test the behaviour exhaustively on all C° possible cases, but the experiment was repeated randomly 1000 times, giving a good overview of the behaviour of the system in the case of dense, but non block, errors. 4% of the tests. An example of such a perfect recovery may be seen in figure 1. 8% of the case. Experiments 3,,5: In these experiments, we test block rather than sparse errors. We reset, respectively, all the cells in the white block, red block and blue block.

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