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 web version of book available to read online for free!

I am delighted to announce the launch today of a new, open-access web version of our book, Rise of the Self-Replicators, which can be read for free online.

26 Nov 2021

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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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Other recent news
Review of our book in the Technology and Culture journal

I am really pleased to see another good review of our book Rise of the Self-Replicators in a journal a little further away from my home discipline of Artificial Life. Yulia Frumer’s review appears in the latest issue of the Technology and Culture journal.

29 Oct 2021

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