Informational drives for sensor evolution

Sander G. Van Dijk, Daniel Polani

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Abstract

It has been hypothesized that the evolution of sensors is a pivotal driver for the evolution of organisms, and especially, as a crucial part of the perception-action loop, a driver for cognitive development. The questions of why and how this is the case are important: what are the principles that push the evolution of sensorimotor systems? An interesting aspect of this problem is the co-option of sensors for functions other than those originally driving their development (e.g. the auditive sense of bats being employed as a 'visual' modality). Even more striking is the phenomenon found in nature of sensors being driven to the limits of precision, while starting from much simpler beginnings. While a large potential for diversification and exaptation is visible in the observed phenotypes, gaining a deeper understanding of why and how this can be achieved is a significant problem. In this present paper, we will introduce a formal and generic information-theoretic model for understanding potential drives of sensor evolution, both in terms of improving sensory ability and in terms of extending and/or shifting sensory function.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Life 13
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, ALIFE 2012
Place of PublicationEast Lansing, Michigan
Pages333-340
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Event13th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems: Artificial Life 13, ALIFE 2012 - East Lansing, MI, United States
Duration: 19 Jul 201222 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameArtificial Life 13: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, ALIFE 2012

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems: Artificial Life 13, ALIFE 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityEast Lansing, MI
Period19/07/1222/07/12

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