Ricard Solé

ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Computation and the Major Synthetic Transitions in Artificial Evolution


The evolution of life in our biosphere has been marked by a number of major events of innovation. These major transitions represent a fundamental set of changes involving in most cases a new way of storing, processing and sharing information with other units. Multicellularity, cooperation, sight, neural structures and even consciousness are examples of these transitions. Despite the fact that we cannot reproduce these evolutionary events, it becomes possible to approach them by means of different "synthetic" approaches, including artificial life models, virtual worlds, evolutionary robotics and synthetic biology. We can thus re-define the problem in terms of "synthetic" transitions, where information and computation are the main players towards an understanding of evolutionary patterns and their alternatives.

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