European Conference on Artificial Life 10 Chemo-ethology of an Adaptive Protocell

Published on 09 Nov 2018 / In News & Politics

A video of a computational model of an autopoiesis based behavior. The simulated protocell is sensitive not directly to environmental phenomena but rather to the effect of the environmental phenomena on an aspect of its autopoiesis (self-construction). It requires either both the red & blue resource to produce its constituents, or only the green. A coupling between the production of its components and its mechanism of motion causes it to move toward whatever area maximises its self production. In this run, this behavior is initially an oscillating motion between the sources of red and blue resource before a transition to the green resource and then a return to the red & blue resources after they have grown in the absence of the agent.

Egbert, M., Di Paolo, E. A. and Barandiaran, X. (2009) Chemo-ethology of an Adaptive Protocell: Sensorless sensitivity to implicit viability conditions in Proceedings of the Tenth European Conference on Artificial Life, ECAL09, Budapest, September 13-16, 2009, Springer Verlag.

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