Thursday, January 29, 2009

Abiognesis in a Bottle

Unfortunately, even with the fastest personal computers available, a large amount of resources are required to conduct experiments involving evolution. In the current implementation of the Balanced-Force Evolution Machine, 30 Avoiding cells compete against 30 Attacker cells, with the former attempting to minimize being shot by the Attackers' cannons and the latter doing the opposite. The average duration of a generation is set to approximately 25 seconds and at the time of this writing has achieved 600 generations on my AMD quad core. Notable advancements in group behavior are beginning to appear as illustrated to the left. To minimize damage inflicted upon them, the Avoider cells appear to be hiding in the corner. The cells on the outside of this cluster are protecting those within and periodically appear to swap places. As intuitive as this might sound, it is a remarkable adaptation considering that all of these cellular robots were originally conceived completely absent minded. After a few weeks of running this simulation, I suspect far more impressive behaviors to emerge. At the moment, all we can do is wait.

3 comments:

tashabud said...

Hi Jesse,
When you said, "these robot cells were originally conceived completely absent minded," did you mean that you placed those robot cells without factoring in or programming in any type of variables?

If this is what I think you meant, it's hard to fathom that those robot cells can actually behave the way you say they do. It boggles my mind. How's that possible? Only in nature can that happen, I thought. I'm curious to know how your experiment progresses, which means I'll be back....

Tasha

GAGAY said...

dropping by!

gagay

tashabud said...

Hello Jesse,
Thank you very much for all of your return comments. With your well-detailed explanations, I now I have much better understanding on each post.

It appears that these ideas and experiments utilize microprocessors. These ideas and experiments, are they in lined with the kind of work you do at your job? They're all very interesting.

These experiments on Balanced Forced Evolution and Abiogenesis, in what application can they lend themself once you've achieved your goal, successfully?

Good day,
Tasha