Creating artificial life seems like a possible way to create AI, since most living systems on Earth seem to exhibit some form of robust intelligent behavior.
Definition of artificial life from Carlos Gershenson in (Gershenson 2021)
Beginning in the mid-1980s, ALife has studied living systems using a synthetic approach: building life to understand it better (Aguilar et al. 2014). By having more precise control of ALife systems than in biological systems, we can study emergence in ALife. With this knowledge, we can go back to biology.Then, emergence might actually become useful to understand life.