Dyke, J. G.
The Daisystat: A model to explore multidimensional homeostasis.
In, Artificial Life XII: Twelfth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, Odense, Denmark,
19 - 23 Aug 2010.
MIT Press, Cambridge MA, .
The Homeostat was a physical device that demonstrated Ashby’s notion of ‘ultrastability’. The components interact in such a way as to maintain sets of essential variables to within critical ranges in the face of an externally imposed regime of perturbations. The Daisystat model is presented that bears a number of similarities to Ashby’s Homeostat but which can also be considered as a higher dimensional version of the Watson & Lovelock Daisyworld model that sought to explain how homeostasis operating at the planetary scale may arise in the absence of foresight or planning. The Daisystat model features a population of diverse individuals that af- fect and are affected by the environment in different ways. The Daisystat model extends Daisyworld in that homeostasis is observed with systems comprised of four environmental variables and beyond. It is shown that the behaviour of the population is analogous to the ‘uniselector’ in the Homeostat in that rapid changes in the population allows the system to ‘search’ for stable states. This allows the system to find and recover homeostatic states in the face of externally applied perturbations. It is proposed that the Daisystat may afford insights into the evolution of increasingly complex systems such as the Earth system.
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