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

Latest news
New afterword to Rise of the Self-Replicators

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new afterword to our book Rise of the Self-Replicators, featuring several relevant sources that have come to my attention since the book was published.

31 Jan 2024

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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 (2021). 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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Other recent news
Launch of Enchanted Bit website and Whittle app

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new Enchanted Bit website, which will showcase some of my projects and side-projects on topics relating to Artificial Life and more. With the tagline Artificial Life and AI in words and software, it covers both software apps and print books.

13 Nov 2023

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