Dynamic organization of flocking behaviors in a large-scale boids model

A simulation of a half-million flock is studied using a simple boids model originally proposed by Craig Reynolds. It was modeled with a differential equation in 3D space with a periodic boundary. Flocking is collective behavior of active agents, which is often observed in the real world (e.g., starling swarms). It is, nevertheless, hard to rigorously define flocks (or their boundaries). First, even within the same swarm, the members are constantly updated, and second, flocks sometimes merge or divide dynamically. To define individual flocks and to capture their dynamic features, we applied a DBSCAN and a non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) to the boid dataset. Flocking behavior has different types of dynamics depending on the size of the flock. A function of different flocks is discussed with the result of NMF analysis.


Dynamic organization of flocking behaviors in a large-scale boids model
Norihiro Maruyama Daichi Saito Yasuhiro Hashimoto Takashi Ikegami

Journal of Computational Social Science

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Multiplex decomposition of non-Markovian dynamics and the hidden layer reconstruction problem

Elements composing complex systems usually interact in several different ways and as such the interaction architecture is well modelled by a multiplex network. However often this architecture is hidden, as one usually only has experimental access to an aggregated projection. A fundamental challenge is thus to determine whether the hidden underlying architecture of complex systems is better modelled as a single interaction layer or results from the aggregation and interplay of multiple layers. Here we show that using local information provided by a random walker navigating the aggregated network one can decide in a robust way if the underlying structure is a multiplex or not and, in the former case, to determine the most probable number of hidden layers. As a byproduct, we show that the mathematical formalism also provides a principled solution for the optimal decomposition and projection of complex, non-Markovian dynamics into a Markov switching combination of diffusive modes.
We validate the proposed methodology with numerical simulations of both (i) random walks navigating hidden multiplex networks (thereby reconstructing the true hidden architecture) and (ii) Markovian and non-Markovian continuous stochastic processes (thereby reconstructing an effective multiplex decomposition where each layer accounts for a different diffusive mode). We also state and prove two existence theorems guaranteeing that an exact reconstruction of the dynamics in terms of these hidden jump-Markov models is always possible for arbitrary finite-order Markovian and fully non-Markovian processes. Finally, we showcase the applicability of the method to experimental recordings from (i) the mobility dynamics of human players in an online multiplayer game and (ii) the dynamics of RNA polymerases at the single-molecule level.


Multiplex decomposition of non-Markovian dynamics and the hidden layer reconstruction problem

Lucas Lacasa, Inés P. Mariño, Joaquín Miguez, Vincenzo Nicosia, Edgar Roldán, Ana Lisica, Stephan W. Grill, Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes

Source: arxiv.org

Self-Organization and Artificial Life

Self-organization can be broadly defined as the ability of a system to display ordered spatio-temporal patterns solely as the result of the interactions among the system components. Processes of this kind characterize both living and artificial systems, making self-organization a concept that is at the basis of several disciplines, from physics to biology to engineering. Placed at the frontiers between disciplines, Artificial Life (ALife) has heavily borrowed concepts and tools from the study of self-organization, providing mechanistic interpretations of life-like phenomena as well as useful constructivist approaches to artificial system design. Despite its broad usage within ALife, the concept of self-organization has been often excessively stretched or misinterpreted, calling for a clarification that could help with tracing the borders between what can and cannot be considered self-organization. In this review, we discuss the fundamental aspects of self-organization and list the main usages within three primary ALife domains, namely "soft" (mathematical/computational modeling), "hard" (physical robots), and "wet" (chemical/biological systems) ALife. Finally, we discuss the usefulness of self-organization within ALife studies, point to perspectives for future research, and list open questions.


Self-Organization and Artificial Life
Carlos Gershenson, Vito Trianni, Justin Werfel, Hiroki Sayama

Source: arxiv.org

Computational Complexity as an Ultimate Constraint on Evolution

Experiments show that evolutionary fitness landscapes can have a rich combinatorial structure due to epistasis. For some landscapes, this structure can produce a computational constraint that prevents evolution from finding local fitness optima — thus overturning the traditional assumption that local fitness peaks can always be reached quickly if no other evolutionary forces challenge natural selection. Here, I introduce a distinction between easy landscapes of traditional theory where local fitness peaks can be found in a moderate number of steps and hard landscapes where finding local optima requires an infeasible amount of time. Hard examples exist even among landscapes with no reciprocal sign epistasis; on these semi-smooth fitness landscapes, strong selection weak mutation dynamics cannot find the unique peak in polynomial time. More generally, on hard rugged fitness landscapes that include reciprocal sign epistasis, no evolutionary dynamics — even ones that do not follow adaptive paths — can find a local fitness optimum quickly. Moreover, on hard landscapes, the fitness advantage of nearby mutants cannot drop off exponentially fast but has to follow a power-law that long-term evolution experiments have associated with unbounded growth in fitness. Thus, the constraint of computational complexity enables open-ended evolution on finite landscapes. Knowing this constraint allows us to use the tools of theoretical computer science and combinatorial optimization to characterize the fitness landscapes that we expect to see in nature. I present candidates for hard landscapes at scales from single genes, to microbes, to complex organisms with costly learning (Baldwin effect) or maintained cooperation (Hankshaw effect). Just how ubiquitous hard landscapes (and the corresponding ultimate constraint on evolution) are in nature becomes an open empirical question.


Computational Complexity as an Ultimate Constraint on Evolution
Artem Kaznatcheev
Genetics, Early online March 4, 2019: 10.1534/genetics.119.302000

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Will Robots Change Human Relationships?

But adding artificial intelligence to our midst could be much more disruptive. Especially as machines are made to look and act like us and to insinuate themselves deeply into our lives, they may change how loving or friendly or kind we are—not just in our direct interactions with the machines in question, but in our interactions with one another.


The bots thus converted a group of generous people into selfish jerks.

Source: www.theatlantic.com