Suppleness and open-endedness for social sustainability

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Abstract

One of the research questions in ALife that could contribute greatly to social sustainability issues is how dynamic meta-states of a complex system may be sustained through continual adaptive changes, or suppleness (Bedau, 1998). The idea of sustainability by suppleness is fundamentally different from conventional ideas of sustainability by robustness or resilience, and it is directly linked to open-endedness, a topic that has recently attracted significant attention in the ALife community (Taylor et al., 2016). Understanding and implementing mechanisms of suppleness and open-endedness may provide novel perspectives of many of today's socio-economic, socio-ecological and socio-technological problems that call for new strategies to cope with inevitable environmental/contextual changes. This short essay provides a non-exhaustive list of research questions on this topic and encourages ALife researchers to play a leading role in this interdisciplinary collaboration endeavor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages28-29
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event2019 Conference on Artificial Life: How Can Artificial Life Help Solve Societal Challenges, ALIFE 2019 - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: 2019 Jul 292019 Aug 2

Conference

Conference2019 Conference on Artificial Life: How Can Artificial Life Help Solve Societal Challenges, ALIFE 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle upon Tyne
Period19/7/2919/8/2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation

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