Energy, entropy and work in computational ecosystems: A thermodynamic account

Mariusz Jacyno, Seth Bullock

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Recently, computer scientists have begun to build computational ecosystems in which multiple autonomous agents interact locally to achieve globally efficient organised behaviour. Here we present a thermodynamic interpretation of these systems. We highlight the difference between the regular use of terms such as energy and work, and their use within a thermodynamic framework. We explore the way in which this perspective might influence the design and management of such systems.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationArtificial Life XI: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems
EditorsS. Bullock, J. Noble, R. Watson, Mark A. Bedau
PublisherMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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