Emulating life

Been thinking lately about computing and emulation capabilities.
Imagine couple of things being implemented, sooner or later.
Zero chance of it happening with the current computation capabilities, as the current efforts prove. NY Times article
A powerful enough computer (hardware & software wise) to simulate life would be needed (quantum computing?)
Running a simulation of centuries for thousands of bacteria in a simulated dynamic harsh environment
Really the question is – would it result in evolution?
Equally probable, would it result in a recursion? Is the current existence an experiment of evolution as well?
Indeed, bizzare.

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