Tag: kin selection

Nice Robots Finish First: Simulation Shows How Altruism Can Evolve

By Veronique Greenwood | May 5, 2011 4:19 pm

aliceAlice robots at work.

What’s the News: The diminutive, unassuming Alice robot has helped a Swiss research team test a core tenet about the evolution of altruism, called Hamilton’s rule. The researchers’ new study shows that even simple robots operating with simple evolutionary rules can recreate evolution’s complex interplay of selfishness and selflessness.

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