Adam Nellis, Susan Stepney.
Embodied copying for richer evolution.

In ECAL 2011, Paris, France, August 2011 , pp.597-604. MIT Press, 2011


We address the process of copying in Artificial Life organisms. Copying is a source of mutations, a crucial component in evolution. We propose that rich copying mechanisms, and thereby rich evolutionary systems, can be obtained by embodying the copying process in a lower-level simulation.

We demonstrate an embodied copying process that has the potential to alter its own mutation rate, without having the concept of a mutation rate parameter explicit in the system.

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  title = "ECAL 2011, Paris, France, August 2011",
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