Tim Taylor is a scientist, author, and coder of artificial life technology, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has particular interests in open-ended evolution, web-based artificial life, and the history of artificial life.
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Tim Taylor

artificial life, open-ended evolution, artificial intelligence and other crazy ideas

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New paper in Theoretical Ecology journal

The first journal paper to come out of my ongoing collaboration with Alan Dorin and colleagues at Monash University on agent-based models of pollination dynamics is published today in Theoretical Ecology.

19 Nov 2020

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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.

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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!

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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.

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A new website, at last!

Revamping my old website has been on my to-do list for a very long time! After 15 years of service, it was certainly in need of some modernisation. I finally found some time during the COVID-19 lockdown to develop a completely new site.

23 May 2020

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