Evolutionary Tolerance

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The mechanisms of emergence and evolution of cooperation — in populations of abstract individuals with diverse behavioural strategies in co-presence — have been undergoing mathematical study via Evolutionary Game Theory, inspired in part on Evolutionary Psychology. Their systematic study resorts as well to implementation and simulation techniques in parallel computers, thus enabling the study of aforesaid mechanisms under a variety of conditions, parameters, and alternative virtual games. The theoretical and experimental results have continually been surprising, rewarding, and promising. Recently, in our own work we have initiated the introduction, in such groups of individuals, of cognitive abilities inspired on techniques and theories of Artificial Intelligence, namely those pertaining to both Intention Recognition and to Commitment (separately and jointly), encompassing the modelling and implementation of a tolerance/intolerance to errors in others (whether deliberate or not) and tolerance/intolerance to possible communication noise. As a result, both the emergence and stability of cooperation, in said groups of distinct abstract individuals, become reinforced comparatively to the absence of such cognitive abilities. This holds separately for Intention Recognition and for Commitment, and even more when they are engaged jointly. The present paper aims to sensitize the reader to these Evolutionary Game Theory based studies and issues, which are accruing in importance for the modelling of minds with machines. And namely to draw attention to our own recently published results, for the first time introducing the use of Intention Recognition and Commitment in this context, and their admixture, with impact on mutual tolerance and on cooperation.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationPhilosophy and Cognitive Science - Western & Eastern Studies
EditorsLorenzo Magnani, L Ping
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-29927-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

Publication series

NameStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics - SAPERE
ISSN (Print)2192-6255

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