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The origins of communication revisited

Arranz, Jordi, Noble, Jason and Silverman, Eric, (2011) The origins of communication revisited Lenaerts, Tom, Giacobini, Mario, Bersini, Hugues, Bourgine, Paul, Dorigo, Marco and Doursat, René (eds.) In Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2011: Proceedings of the Eleventh European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. MIT Press., pp. 47-54.

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Quinn (2001) sought to demonstrate that communication between simulated agents could be evolved without pre-defined communication channels. Quinn’s work was exciting because it showed the potential for ALife models to look at the real origin of communication; however, the work has never been replicated. In order to test the generality of Quinn’s result we use a similar task but a completely different agent architecture. We find that qualitatively similar behaviours emerge, but it is not clear whether they are genuinely communicative. We extend Quinn’s work by adding perceptual noise and internal state to the agents in order to promote ritualization of the nascent signal. Results were inconclusive; philosophical implications are discussed.

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Published date: 2011
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity


Local EPrints ID: 272838
ISBN: 978-0-262-29714-1
PURE UUID: be7c6b32-4031-4d0e-b1b0-56962e829fbf

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Date deposited: 25 Sep 2011 15:04
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:19

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Author: Jordi Arranz
Author: Jason Noble
Author: Eric Silverman
Editor: Tom Lenaerts
Editor: Mario Giacobini
Editor: Hugues Bersini
Editor: Paul Bourgine
Editor: Marco Dorigo
Editor: René Doursat

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