InterJournal Complex Systems, 397
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [397]
Submission Date: 515
Revised On: 516
Punctuated equilibrium, modularity, and A-Life
Author(s): Ravi Jonnal ,Anthony Chemero

Subject(s): CX.67, CX.35, CX.66

Category: Brief Article

Abstract:

In this paper, we discuss A-Life experiments in which we evolve artificial neural network controllers for an animat. We report two significant findings. First, during the evolution of our controllers, modularity emerges in previously undifferentiated neural networks. Second, we have experimented with punctuated equilibrium in our evolutionary algorithm and found that occasional punctuations increase optimization.

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