artificial life, open-ended evolution, artificial intelligence and other crazy ideas
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
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.
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.
Speaking at EPFL on the History of Self-Reproducing Machines
I am excited to be travelling to EPFL in Switzerland this week to present a guest lecture on the early history of self-reproducing machines.
08 May 2023