6363New Paper on the Necessary Conditions for Open-Ended Evolution
- Jun 9, 2014Lisa Soros and I are pleased to announce our new paper to appear at the Alife Conference, "Identifying Necessary Conditions for Open-Ended Evolution through the Artificial Life World of Chromaria."
There are also videos of the new Chromaria alife world that we introduce in this paper:
In the paper we propose 4 necessary conditions for open-ended evolution and then we introduce a new alife world called Chromaria that satisfies the 4 conditions to a reasonable extent. While we could not test all 4 in one conference paper, we test one of the conditions in detail in a controlled experiment with the idea that the others will be tested similarly later.
In terms of interesting contributions, I think one of the interesting things about our 4 conditions is that many existing alife world could be argued not to meet all of them. At the same time, many conceivable worlds that could meet them would be radically different from Earth, suggesting that attempts to model things like predator-prey or host-parasite dynamics and adaptive competition, which are observed on Earth, might be distractions from the deeper underlying causes of open-endedness. The other interesting contribution is Chromaria itself, which is a very unique kind of alife world (in part to show you don't need to be like Earth to be open-ended).
We know we're wading into controversial waters with this work, but we hope it helps to instigate some new thinking and a new conversation about these issues, which we think are possible to figure out despite being so elusive so far.