artificial life, open-ended evolution, artificial intelligence and other crazy ideas
My keynote at the 2021 Conference on Artificial Life
Last week I was really honoured to present a keynote talk at the 2021 Conference on Artificial Life, entitled Weird Tales: Early Visions of Machines That Can Reproduce and Evolve, and Their Relevance Today. The talk explored the early history of thinking about machines, robots and AI that can reproduce and evolve.
27 Jul 2021
The first journal paper on our work using agent-based models to study bee pollination systems
Competition and pollen wars: Simulations reveal the dynamics of competition mediated through heterospecific pollen transfer by non-flower constant insects (2020). Our agent-based model of bee pollination dynamics reveals a novel mechanism whereby heterospecific pollen transfer may benefit the pollen producer.
One of my favourite papers that received relatively little attention
Redrawing the Boundary between Organism and Environment (2004). I describe a biosemiotics-inspired approach to modelling the evolution of sensing, action and behaviour in computational systems. The paper received very positive comments from the reviewers, but hasn't made much of an impact in the years that followed. I'll soon be embarking on some new experimental work based upon these ideas!
My latest thoughts on the concept of open-ended evolution
Evolutionary Innovations and Where to Find Them: Routes to Open-Ended Evolution in Natural and Artificial Systems (2019). An analysis of the general design requirements for open-ended creativity in evolutionary systems.
Schedule for the Fourth Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution
I am pleased to announce that the finalised schedule for the Fourth Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution (OEE4) is now out! The online workshop will be held on 22 July 2021 as part of the 2021 Conference on Artificial Life.
21 Jul 2021