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Towards information based space-time patterns as a foundation for agent representation in dynamical systems

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016
Subtitle of host publicationThe 15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems
EditorsCarlos Gershenson, Tom Froese, Jesus M Siqueiros, Wendy Aguilar, Eduardo J. Izquierdo, Hiroki Sayama
Place of PublicationCambridge, MA, USA
PublisherMIT Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780262339360
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

Abstract

We present some arguments why existing methods for rep- resenting agents fall short in applications crucial to artificial life. Using a thought experiment involving a fictitious dy- namical systems model of the biosphere we argue that the metabolism, motility, and the concept of counterfactual vari- ation should be compatible with any agent representation in dynamical systems. We then propose an information theo- retic notion which we believe can serve as the basic building block of an agent defintion. We argue that these patterns are capable of solving the problems mentioned before. We also show some preliminary results of applying the notion to a small game of life cellular automaton.

Notes

Polani, D., Biehl, M., & Ikegami, T., 'Towards information based space-time patterns as a foundation for agent representation in dynamical systems', paper presented at the 15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, Cancun, Mexico, 4-8 July 2016. eBook of Conference Proceedings, published by MIT Press, is available on line https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/proceedings-artificial-life-conference-2016

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