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Necessary Conditions for Open-Ended Evolution

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Date Issued:
2018
Abstract/Description:
Evolution on Earth is widely considered to be an effectively endless process. Though this phenomenon of open-ended evolution (OEE) has been a topic of interest in the artificial life communitysince its beginnings, the field still lacks an empirically validated theory of what exactly is necessary to reproduce the phenomenon in general (including in domains quite unlike Earth). Thisdissertation (1) enumerates a set of conditions hypothesized to be necessary for OEE in addition to (2) introducing an artificial life world called Chromaria that incorporates each of the hypothesizednecessary conditions. It then (3) describes a set of experiments with Chromaria designed to empirically validate the hypothesized necessary conditions. Thus, this dissertation describes the firstscientific endeavor to systematically test an OEE framework in an alife world and thereby make progress towards solving an open question not just for evolutionary computation and artificial life,but for science in general.
Title: Necessary Conditions for Open-Ended Evolution.
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Name(s): Soros, Lisa, Author
Stanley, Kenneth, Committee Chair
Gonzalez, Avelino, Committee Member
Wiegand, Rudolf, Committee Member
Cash, Mason, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Evolution on Earth is widely considered to be an effectively endless process. Though this phenomenon of open-ended evolution (OEE) has been a topic of interest in the artificial life communitysince its beginnings, the field still lacks an empirically validated theory of what exactly is necessary to reproduce the phenomenon in general (including in domains quite unlike Earth). Thisdissertation (1) enumerates a set of conditions hypothesized to be necessary for OEE in addition to (2) introducing an artificial life world called Chromaria that incorporates each of the hypothesizednecessary conditions. It then (3) describes a set of experiments with Chromaria designed to empirically validate the hypothesized necessary conditions. Thus, this dissertation describes the firstscientific endeavor to systematically test an OEE framework in an alife world and thereby make progress towards solving an open question not just for evolutionary computation and artificial life,but for science in general.
Identifier: CFE0007247 (IID), ucf:52205 (fedora)
Note(s): 2018-08-01
Ph.D.
Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Science
Doctoral
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Subject(s): artificial life -- open-ended evolution -- neuroevolution -- quality diversity
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0007247
Restrictions on Access: public 2018-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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