The Emergence of Symbiotic Groups Resulting From Skill-Differentiation and Tags

Edmonds, Bruce (2005) The Emergence of Symbiotic Groups Resulting From Skill-Differentiation and Tags. [Conference Paper]

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The paper presents a evolutionary simulation where the presence of ‘tags’ and an inbuilt specialisa-tion in terms of skills result in the development of ‘symbiotic’ sharing within groups of individuals with similar tags. It is shown that the greater the number of possible sharing occasions there are the higher the population that is able to be sustained using the same level of resources. The ‘life-cycle’ of a particular cluster of tag-groups is illustrated showing: the establishment of sharing; a focusing-in of the cluster; the exploitation of the group by a particular skill-group and the waning of the group. This simulation differs from other tag-based models in that is does not rely on either the forced donation of resources to individuals with the same tag and where the tolerance mechanism plays a significant part. These ‘symbiotic’ groups could provide the structure necessary for the true emergence of artificial societies, supporting the division of labour found in human societies.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:emergence, symbiosis, groups, tags, artificial life, complementarity, predetor-prey dynamics, simulation
Subjects:Computer Science > Complexity Theory
Biology > Ecology
Psychology > Social Psychology > Social simulation
ID Code:4264
Deposited By: Edmonds, Dr Bruce
Deposited On:21 Apr 2005
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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